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A 5th Hannibal?...

11.03.2004

I thought it was readily apparently by watching RED DRAGON that we didn't need any more Hannibal Lecter movies. But like Freddy or Jason, Hannibal is one movie monster who doesn't want to go away. Luckily this time around Anthony Hopkins will be given a reprieve and the movie, BEHIND THE MASK, will focus instead on Lecter's origins. The film will be based on the forthcoming novel of the same name by Thomas Harris, who will also make his screenwriting debut with the project. Peter Webber (GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING) will direct the film starting next May in Lithuania. The idea for a Hannibal Lecter prequel came from a passage in the book "Hannibal" that described the younger Lecter watching as his sister was killed and eaten by hungry soldiers in Lithuania. Three actors will be used to play the younger Lecter at different portions of his life. Universal and MGM, who partnered on HANNIBAL and DRAGON, will have rights to distribute stateside. Coming next for the character is New Line's FREDDY VS. JASON VS. HANNIBAL: THE MUSICAL.

Source: Variety

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