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Quote:A television series based on the character of Hannibal Lecter is reportedly in development thanks to French studio Gaumont.

"Hannibal" is a one-hour drama written by Bryan Fuller ("Pushing Daisies," "Dead Like Me") that essentially serves as a prequel to the Hannibal Lecter films.

Expanding upon the early events alluded to in Thomas Harris' novel "Red Dragon", the story will be set in Lecter's early days and the time he went head-to-head with FBI agent Will Graham (Manhunter, Red Dragon).

Martha De Laurentiis ("Hannibal Rising," "Red Dragon") will produce the show.
Casting has yet to begin.

Sources: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0212985/news

What do you guys think about it (especially you, boon)?
It's neither good nor bad news to me. I like everything what is connected to dr. Lecter's world but after some weak sequels and bad direction of the Hannibal's character I'm not so sure. And Hopkins probably won't return (he has a retirement from this role; in addition he’s too old now). But it seems it will be more psychological show.
We will see...
I'll tune in for sure.
Well, I think that even the pilot of this one will never be aired. Hannibal Rising already showed clearly that Lecter without Hopkins is not an easy sell. A TV show needs a constantly growing fan base and with a concept that offers no surprises (we all know who Lecter is and all the already answered (but never asked) questions were revealed) I simply cannot see anything of suspense coming from it. Suspense is what made SOTL such a great movie, suspense is what Hannibal lacked, what Red Dragon lacked even more by putting the spotlight on HL and what Hannibal Rising unfortunately never had. HL has been de-mystified. Probably no one cares to know further details.
Bryan Fuller's television shows are GREAT entertainment! But they have a bad habit of getting cancelled early. Like Joss Whedon.
Of course, you have right, boon, but...
Success of the show depends on it if they make Graham-Lecter relationship as a main story or background story.
In SOTL Clarice-Hannibal thread was amazing background story but we were more concentrated on Buffalo Bill case.
In my opinion, the series should be more concentrated on Graham's investigation than Lecter character (only psychological game between them would be interesting).

In Red Dragon there was way too much Lecter and it looked like it wasn't movie about Graham and Dolarhyde but about Hannibal (thanks boom for great fanedit). If they do that, they will create more suspense.

P.S: I think I would like to see Hannibal sequel in SOTL spirit instead, because I was very unsatisfied with movie, very-weak-possible-sequel ending.
I have no longer interest in Hannibal, at least until they get rid of that "he only eats the rude" antihero crap.
I think that a show concentrating on the hunt/detective work will be worth the watch. Quite fond of Fuller's stuff, interested in seeing where he's going with this.
Bryan Fuller is the only reason I would even be considering watching this.
Ok, it's time for news:

NBC announced that Hugh Dancy will play Will Graham in the upcoming "Hannibal" TV series.

THR is now reporting that the network has found an actor to play Hannibal, and it's Mads Mikkelsen, who is best known for playing the villain in "Casino Royale" and is now set to play the villain in "Thor 2."

NBC has already ordered the first thirteen episodes. David Slade is to direct the first episode.
Mads Mikkelsen is an interesting choice, but as others haev said do we really need a show set between Hannibal Rising and Red Dragon?

IMO it won't be the same without Anthony Hopkins. They should haev left it alone after Red Dragon came out. The special thing about SOTL was that again as others have said that Hannibal was not in it much, much like Yoda in the OT. If Lucas had made it so that he had fleeting appearences in the PT he would not feel so watered down now IMO.
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