The television series Hannibal was a unique breed of network show. Airing on NBC, the show featured thirteen episodes a season, more akin to the cable and streaming model than the typical 20 to 24 episodes each season of network television show features. The show was created by Bryan Fuller and adapted the Thomas Harris novels Hannibal and Red Dragon, more or less. It starred Mads Mikkelsen as the horrifying title character, who brought his own recipe of evil to the role rather than simply imitating Anthony Hopkins' performance; a role much darker than even his villainous turns in Casino Royale or Doctor Strange. Hugh Dancy (The Path) played the lead, Will Graham, with incredible likability. Graham being a gifted criminal profiler who visualized himself committing the murders he investigated to understand the killers' behaviors. It was a fantastic show, truly the same quality as a series from FX, AMC, or Netflix, and it won multiple awards over three seasons.
Fuller's original plan was to have the series run for seven seasons; using original material for the first three, covering Red Dragon in the fourth season, moving onto Silence of the Lambs for season five, adapting Hannibal in season six, and ending with an original season resolving Hannibal's ending. Fuller's plan was altered several times, with low ratings pushing him to cover Red Dragon in the second half of Season 3, before the series ended short of ever covering Silence of the Lambs.
There has been talk of a Hannibal revival since the show left the air in 2015. Most recently, Fuller confirmed plans for a Silence of the Lambs miniseries, stating he'd have news come this August. Well, it is August, so what is the news? Fuller was asked by a fan on Twitter. His response?
Okay! So conversations have started! That's not great news, because a lot can happen between early conversations and reaching production, including production never coming together, but it is a step in the right direction. The @neoprod that Fuller refers to is Martha de Laurentiis, a producer of Hannibal the television series, as well as the films Hannibal, Red Dragon, and Hannibal Rising. I certainly hope talks work out because I loved Hannibal and would really like to see a TV adaptation of the fantastic story that is Silence of the Lambs.
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