NBC has also picked up Hannibal – one hour contemporary thriller drama 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.
Bryan Fuller (executive producer) commented similarities with the iconic Thomas Harris serial killer character, “There is a cheery disposition to our Hannibal. He’s not being telegraphed as a villain. If the audience didn’t know who he was, they wouldn’t see him coming. What we have is Alfred Hitchcock’s principle of suspense – show the audience the bomb under the table and let them sweat when it’s going to go boom. So the audience knows who Hannibal is so we don’t have to overplay his villainy. We get to subvert his legacy and give the audience twists and turns.”
NBC has ordered 13 episodes so far. Hugh Dancy has been cast as Will Graham (pictured on the right side) while the main role is still unknown.