Our favorite cannibal is back and there’s a new promo out on the Internet for Bryan Fuller‘s (Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me) new psychological thriller Hannibal. The television series focuses on the fava bean fanatic Hannibal, played by Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale, Clash of the Titans), as he works with FBI agent Wil Graham played by Hugh Dancy (Black Hawk Down, King Arthur) to catch notorious serial killers, all the while continuing his own personal killing smorgasbord.
Laurence Fishburne pops in as Graham’s boss Jack Crawford, and a special treat for X-Files fans, Gillian Anderson plays Hannibal Lecter’s psychiatrist. I can’t wait to see how those scenes play out.
Written by Fuller and directed by David Slade, at least the pilot so far, NBC has ordered 13 episodes for the first season. Keep your eyes out for more to come before the series premiere on April 4th, 2013.
Check out this promo trailer, not a real trailer, just a promo, it says so right there in the title.
Amongst an already big name, nerd-friendly cast, the gang at NBC’s upcoming midseason drama Hannibal have just secured one of the biggest names in nerd TV ever. Yessir, Gillian Anderson is rejoining the FBI! Well, kind of.
Entertainment Weekly broke the news yesterday that Anderson has been hired for three episodes of Hannibal, the series update of Thomas Harris‘ original Hannibal Lector novel Red Dragon, which follows the banner years of the partnership between serial killer Lector and FBI Agent Will Graham. Anderson, best known for her nine-years playing the skepticalSpecial Agent Dana Scully on The X-Files, will play Hannibal’s own therapist on the show.
“Every therapist needs their own head examined and we are ecstatic that Gillian Anderson has chosen Hannibal to mark her return to American television after 10 years to portray Dr. Lecter’s personal psychiatrist,” said Hannibal writer and showrunner Bryan Fuller in a statement about the casting coup. Anderson has spent much of the last 10 years since the end of The X-Files working on small films and British television.
“Her intelligence and sophistication, not to mention her pedigree of ground-breaking TV, make her the perfect actress to match wits and psychological manipulations with one of the greatest villains of pop culture,” added Fuller. “I couldn’t be more excited.”
Hannibal, starring Hugh Dancy as Graham, Mads Mikkelsen as Lector and Laurence Fishburne as FBI boss Jack Crawford will premiere sometime in 2013 on NBC.
For some time we’ve known that a series based on the pre-Red Dragon partnership of FBI agent Will Graham and criminal psychologist-slash-cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lector was in development at NBC. The Bryan Fuller spearheaded series is on track to debut sometime mid-season in 2013, and indeed actor Hugh Dancy has already been cast as Graham. But as we wait word for what “40-ish British” actor had been hired to fill Anthony Hopkins’ shoes as Hannibal, there is some other news on the “Hannibal” front that has nothing to do with Hannibal.
Anyway, it seems that creating a series based on Thomas Harris’ novel series about Hannibal is such a great idea, that the cable network Lifetime is getting in on it with its new series called Clarice. In the “early stages of development,” this new series will “follow the exploits of a young Clarice Starling soon after she graduates from the FBI academy.”
You’ll recall that Clarice Starling is the main character of Silence of the Lambs, an FBI cadet who is sent to get insight from the imprisoned Dr Lector about the serial killer called The Tooth Fairy. Clarice was also in the Silence sequel Hannibal, in which she’s brought in to renew the manhunt for Lector after his escape years earlier at the end of Silence. It sounds like Clarice will fill in some of the detail during her years between Hannibal adventures.
No word yet on any cast members or showrunners. I get the impression it’s just an idea someone at Lifetime might have had at a barbeque over the long weekend, but it could be interesting. The real question is if the eventual creators will be able to avoid wedging Hannibal in somewhere, or maybe even have him as a guest star during sweeps.
It’s all fun and games until someone puts out an eye, chops off an hand, or lops off a head. Then it’s all sniveling, running to Mom, and the sting of Iodine. I’m not sure there’s enough Iodine on hand in the bathroom cabinet for the people in the movies listed below. That might take more than just a tube or two. Everyone likes the scenes in movies that shock or surprise you. The best of those scenes also throw in a little mutilation and limb flying action. It’s interesting to note that of the ten movies scenes listed below, only three of the ten, are concidered Horror movies.
You might notice that the list is not numbered and not in any real order. It’s a random listing of ten of the greatest scenes where someone is chopped, has a body part lopped, or removed with extreme prejudice. This NerdBastard is confident that you, the reader, can arrange the scenes in order of your preferences and probably add a scene or two that escaped this NerdBastard’s feeble memory. That’s what the comments section is for isn’t it? Before you start drafting that comment to slice, dice, and eviscerate this writer’s humble attempt to amuse the masses, check out the scenes below. You can watch the videos by clicking on the highlighted links, isn’t technology wonderful?
Monty Python and the Holy Grail – Black Knight scene. This scene, hell this movie, is such a big part of many of our geek childhoods. One would be hard pressed to find a D&D player that has not said, “It’s only a flesh wound.” at least once while playing. Don’t even mention that we get FOUR limbs sliced and diced by Arthur in one great scene. When I was looking for this scene I have to admit that I ended up watching about half the movie before I got back to the article.
Saw – The foot cutting scene. This might be the scene that most average movie goers think of first when thinking about limbs being chopped and or lopped off. The build up is fantastic, the music gripping, you just can’t look away, even when you want to. This is the Evil Dead 2 hand scene without the humor that made it bearable. Since we just mentioned it:
Evil Dead 2 – The Hand chop scene. Even considering the self fight scene from Fight Club, this Evil Dead 2 scene is still the greatest self fight scene in the history of cinema. The mixture of humor and horror has never been done any better than in this scene with Ash fighting his own hand.
Reservoir Dogs – The ear torture scene. When you get a moment look this scene up on YouTube and check out how many re-shot, student / film school videos this scene has inspired. The act of brutality is implied off screen making it even more horrible and the lightness of the accompanying music is a stroke of genius. The whole scene is chilling, not seeing the actual cuts makes you feel them even more.
Highlander – The Death of Ramirez. This NerdBastard is not ashamed to admit tearing up the first time he watched this scene. The fight, the lightning storm, and the final beheading was great to watch, too bad they never made any other Highlander movies. I mean it wouldn’t be much of a Highlander movie without Ramirez in it and without his head Ramirez couldn’t come back, that would make NO SENSE WHAT SO EVER!
Dawn of the Dead 1970 – Helicopter vs Zombie scene. It’s an age old question, who wins in a helicopter versus Zombie fight. Dawn of the Dead is arguably the greatest Zombie movie ever made. I saw this movie before watching Night of the Living Dead. This was back when television played what it wanted to when it wanted to and you got lucky to catch a movie like this on some VHF late monster movie show. Now a days you young wipper snappers just go to the YouTube and watch what you want when you want. Crap, you made me pull out the old man rant.
Kill Bill 2 – The eye pluck scene. The entire movie is about Kiddo slicing and dicing her way through all her enemies to get to Bill. The Crazy 88’s scene must have at least 20 cut off limbs alone. The eye pluck rises to the top though as a body part removal with extreme prejudice. Watch Elle’s face just before while their swords are locked. See that smirk, Elle knows she is stronger and has the advantage as the situation stands. Beatrix knows it as well and changes the odds with the eye pluck, it worked before with the other eye years ago, why not now?
The Silence of the Lambs – Hannibal escapes scene. Hannibal cuts off the face of one of the guards in order to wear it and escape. When The Office parodies the scene, you know it had to be good. Re-watching this scene was a treat. The classical music playing while Hannibal brutally beats and murders those guards with no expression on his face except a hint of superiority and smugness.
Conan the Barbarian – Thulsa Doom Death scene. This was the movie back in the day. Somebody should make a remake of this movie, ONE THAT DOESN”T SUCK BALLS!
Having your village destroyed – FREE.
Throw into slavery and trained as a gladiator – FREE.
Killing the man that destroyed your family with your father’s broken sword in front of his legion of followers – PRICELESS.
One has to admire that Conan went with a “V” cut instead of the traditional horizontal slice. The sheer barbarity of the two stokes makes it memorable. Conan hacks the head off then plays Plinko with it, oh you silly barbarian.
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – Luke’s Hand scene. Everyone knew this one was going to be on the list, how could it not be? This scene made me gasp in the theater, one of those rare “OH SHIT” moments that gets you and takes you right into the scene. The later revels that his father was Vadar and that his hand / arm had also been cut off just iced the cake for nerdy boys and girls. Now that I think about it, how many hands did get cut off in the series?
By now we’ve learned what television shows succeeded and which didn’t this season, but it’s never too soon to start speculating about what new shows the networks will try out next. In the works right now is a drama series based on Hannibal Lecter, of Silence of the Lambs fame, cleverly named Hannibal and an animated series based on those munchie-lovin’ stoners, Harold & Kumar.
The Hannibal series has been picked up by NBC and is being developed by Bryan Fuller, producer of Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies. The show will follow Lector’s early days as a serial killer, and in particular his time facing off against FBI agent, Will Graham.
Fuller is developing a script against a 13-episode commitment, meaning that the project won’t go through a pilot stage but straight to series if NBC brass like the script. The network has a short window after receiving Fuller’s script to pick it up.
Sounds good to me. If a series like Dexter, about a serial killer working for good, can succeed like it has I have high hopes for Hannibal Lector. He’s only one of the most famous, fictional serial killers out there. I’ll be curious to see who they’ll cast for Lector. I mean, Anthony Hopkin’s performance is iconic, it’ll be a tough job filling those shoes.
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas opened this passed weekend and is only the third film of the series. For a franchise that began seven years agos we haven’t seen too much from the lovable stoners. But that could change if the animated series Lionsgate is shopping around gets picked up. As of right now Comedy Central and MTV are interested parties.
The best news about a Harold & Kumar animated series is not only are original writers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg signed on but John Cho and Kal Penn are on board as well! No word on Neil Patrick Harris, but he’d better at least be included as a recurring role. It wouldn’t be the same without him!
Stoked to see either of these shows come to fruition?