Hannibal, based on the iconic screen villain Dr. Hannibal Lecter as perfected by Anthony Hopkins in the Academy Award winning film Silence of the Lambs, is coming to the small screen in a one-hour weekly thriller from Bryan Fuller (of Pushing Daisies and Wonderfalls fame).
Hannibal goes straight-to-series at NBC
NBC has made the series direct-to-order, with 13 episodes heading into production soon. NBC has released the following logline for the show.
"One-hour contemporary thriller series featuring the classic characters from Thomas Harris' novel Red Dragon - FBI agent Will Graham and his mentor Dr. Hannibal Lecter - who are re-introduced at the beginning of their budding relationship."
At this time, it doesn't appear that Clarice Starling (a role originated by Jodie Foster and later taken over by Julianne Moore) will play a part in the series unless they plan on bringing her in should the show last past season one.
The search is now on for an actor to portray both Hannibal and Graham. Bryan Fuller is also hard at work on Mockingbird Lane, his revisionist take on The Munsters, which was being prepped for the fall but has since been pushed back for rewrites.