In spite of NBC's pre-'Red Dragon' straight-to-series drama 'Hannibal' not being present at the past Upfront event, a considerable amount of buzz surrounds the series. After all, to put Hannibal Lecter on TV you'd need some ace casting, no? We already knew that Hugh Dancy would take the role of a young agent Will Graham, but we've been tepidly swirling our Chianti waiting for news of the man himself. No longer!
There's plenty of overlap in the TV world, some that impedes upon the development of new shows, some that only contributes to it. So where networks might pass on a show like 'SNL' star Will Forte's 'Rebounding' because it seems too tonally similar to NBC's already picked-up 'Go On,' others like CBS move forward with modern Sherlock Holmes adaptation 'Elementary,' in spite of its comparison to 'Sherlock.'
With NBC hard at work on its upcoming Thomas Harris series 'Hannibal,' does that mean Lifetime's looking for a piece of the pie?
Oftentimes TV series can be unfairly compared to one another, much in the way that NBC's 'Smash' drew heavy comparison to FOX's 'Glee' solely on the basis of its singing, or the way 'Parks and Recreation' was once unfairly compared to 'The Office.' Or...'Awake' to 'Inception.' Huh, all NBC. In any case, FX's latest development project is bound to draw comparison to another famous serial killer, but are the similarities written in blood?
Even though Jonathan Demme's infamous 'Silence of the Lambs' adaptation came out all the way back in 1991, most anyone today with the slightest pop culture recognition could pick out Anthony Hopkins' iconic interpretation of the dastardly Dr. Hannibal Lecter. So if NBC's upcoming 'Hannibal' reboot explores the character's earlier years opposite Will Graham, could Lecter's villainous ways really stay secret for long?
We knew NBC was bringing the charming, cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter to television, but now we know who will be sitting in the director's chair for the pilot episode: David Slade, the talented filmmaker who made the small, tense 'Hard Candy,' the bloody vampire flick '30 Days of Night' and pocketed a mighty paycheck for 'The Twilight Sage: Eclipse.'
The moment NBC announced that they were to dip into the famous Thomas Harris canon for an original thriller set in the early days of cannibalistic villain Hannibal Lecter's relationship with Will Graham, fans everywhere couldn't wait to learn who could possibly fill the iconic mask left behind by Sir Anthony Hopkins. Well...