When NBC first announced that Bryan Fuller would be bringing the iconic serial killer Hannibal Lecter to the small screen for the first time, for a modern re-telling of the relationship between the famed murderer and FBI agent Will Graham, we were cautiously optimistic at best. When casting started to fill out we grew more and more intrigued, especially with 'Casino Royale's Mads Mikkelsen in the title role, so where is the good doctor in the first set photo?
We thought that might get your attention. Joking aside, it seems like NBC is pulling a bit of a switcheroo for its upcoming Bryan Fuller-helmed drama 'Hannibal, turning a classic character from Thomas Harris' 1981 novel 'Red Dragon' from male to female. So, who may you ask is lady enough to fill a role once played by 'Avatar's Stephen Lang, and later by Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman?
With all the men joining Bryan Fuller's forthcoming NBC adaptation of 'Hannibal' from Mads Mikkelsen as the the good Dr. Lecter, Laurence Fishburne as Jack Crawford and Hugh Dancy as Will Graham, isn't it time we saw a bit more of the fairer sex? Then you're in for a treat tastier than a nice chianti, as 'Hannibal' has picked up its female lead! No, its not the one you're thinking, but she's pretty wonderful in her own right.
We're keeping tepidly curious about NBC's upcoming re-imagining of the Thomas Harris novels 'Hannibal,' even if it's kept Mads Mikkelsen out of 'Thor: The Dark World.' Updating the setting to the modern day and focusing on the early days of the partnership between FBI agent Will Graham and the iconic titular killer, the idea certainly has potential. Now that the leads have been cast, what big star is 'Hannibal' ominously circling, and for what major role?
In Hollywood there is a disease that's infected many people in the industry. And that disease is called "Scheduling Conflict." In some cases it's real, in others it's a cover story for that person not working out as hoped. Alas, Mads Mikkelsen contracted "Scheduling Conflict" and will not be in 'Thor 2.'
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.'