NBC Greenlights Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal to Series

Gaspard Ulliel in Hannibal Rising (2007) Movie ImageI guess the NBC brass really, really liked what they saw when Bryan Fuller handed in his pilot script for his Hannibal Lecter TV series (since titled simply, “Hannibal”), because the network has given Fuller and company a 13-episode first season order. That means Fuller won’t have to bother with a pilot that the network would use to make their decision, he essentially has a 13-episode commitment from NBC. Hey, not a bad deal if you can get’em, especially with the stingy networks nowadays.

“Hannibal” of course will be based on the serial killer Hannibal the Cannibal, aka Hannibal Lecter, as played by Anthony Hopkins in the film franchise, which was based on the novels by Thomas Harris. (Hopkins has played the character in three films, with the exception of Michael Mann’s 1986 film “Manhunter”, and 2007’s “Hannibal Rising”, which was a prequel.)

We’re told that the series will “re-introduced” audiences to “the beginning of [the] budding relationship” between Lecter and his pal, FBI agent Will Graham. I’m not entirely sure if that means this is a prequel of sorts that traces a young Hannibal before he went all serial killer-y on us, or if it will pick up with Hannibal having already been caught by Graham. The latter would seem to make it difficult to focus on a young Hannibal, so the former, then?

I guess we’ll find out when the show hits the airwaves.

Meanwhile, Fuller is having a tougher time with his other NBC show, a reboot of “The Munsters”. They’re still casting for the pilot, but it’s been pushed back to June due to “difficulties with casting”, whatever that means.

Anthony Hopkins and Ed Norton in Red Dragon (2002) Movie Image

Via : Deadline