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NBC Approves of Hannibal

NBC gives the green to new Hannibal series.

By Jarrod Sarafin     February 15, 2012
Source: Entertainment Weekly

Will Graham and Hannibal Lecter face off in RED DRAGON
© Universal Pictures

After a few months in development, NBC has given the green light for Bryan Fuller's plans to bring the "Hannibal" character to the small screen. EW reports that the network has given a direct-to-series commitment of 13 episodes for this next adaptation of the Thomas Harris character.

The official logline is:

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.

Make your fantasy casting choices for Graham and Lecter down below...

Thanks to Chopsaki for the submission.


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Pendragon0 2/15/2012 9:30:05 AM

Not sure about this one.  I don't see it being a very long running series.


mellowdoux 2/15/2012 9:31:58 AM

 Hannibal Lektor = Quentin Crisp

Will Graham = Rodney Allen Rippy

jackwagon 2/15/2012 10:15:40 AM

I'm not sure how this project could possibly work.  If it's a contemporary thriller, likely set in the present day, how can it fit within established canon?  Red Dragon took place in the mid 80s, so this series would have to take place in the early 80s, if not earlier, to fit within the proper timeline.

But hey, if the show works, I'll shut up.  I just don't know how.

As for casting, Matthew Fox as Will Graham and Hugh Laurie as Hannibal Lecter

xJokersxWildx 2/15/2012 10:29:51 AM

I am the Dragon. And you call me insane. You are privy to a great becoming, but you recognize nothing. To me, you are a slug in the sun. You are an ant in the afterbirth. It is your nature to do one thing correctly. Before me, you rightly tremble. But, fear is not what you owe me. You owe me awe.

FerretJohn 2/15/2012 10:45:35 AM

Probably in the same vein as Dexter, bad guys finding themselves hunted by an even badder guy who's being hunted by the FBI.  I agree with everyone else though, it's gonna be a hard sell for a series

CoolerKing 2/15/2012 10:47:29 AM

WHY? WHY? and oh, WHY?!!!

flyinroo 2/15/2012 11:29:05 AM

 Imagine if they announced a new Hannibal movie that would be PG-13. Thats what we're looking at here, at best. So on that basis alone I say no thanks. If it was on HBO, then I would be more willing to accept it.

BunyonSnipe 2/15/2012 2:05:34 PM

weird as it sounds it COULD work...

The first season being Tooth Fairy, combined with a new killer, dexter style every episode... What would happen if Lector had not betrayed Graham, etc.


BunyonSnipe 2/15/2012 2:06:55 PM

Who could play Lector, though...

William Forsyth, perhaps?

BunyonSnipe 2/15/2012 2:07:29 PM


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