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"Hannibal" creator Bryan Fuller shares where he intends the planned seven seasons to go

04.20.2012by:

Bryan Fuller at Comic Con

Bryan Fuller's new NBC series "Hannibal" has been slowly chugging away for a while, with the most recent news being the casting of Hugh Dancy in the role of FBI Agent Will Graham (played previously by William Peterson and Edward Norton).  Today brings a bit more clarity to Fuller's vision for the series with several statements which explain both where "Hannibal" is coming from and where it is going.

On the origins of "Hannibal": "Fuller is taking five pages of backstory about the infamous cannibal psychiatrist from Thomas Harris’ book Red Dragon and using it as the basis for the first couple seasons of his planned drama."

On where the series is headed: Most of the action will be spent with Graham and Hannbial Lecter solving crimes together before any of his cannibalism and villainy comes to light.  “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.”

Brian Cox as Hannibal Lecter

On the focus of the first few seasons:“It really is a love story, for lack of a better description, between these two characters,” said Fuller.  “As Hannibal has said [to Graham] in a couple of the movies, ‘You’re a lot more like me than you realize.’ We’ll get to the bottom of exactly what that means over the course of the first two seasons. But we’re taking our sweet precious time.”

The first thirteen episode season has already been ordered by NBC, so it's definitely happening - everything is now of course contingent on who is cast as Hannibal himself, which is I'm sure proving to be something of a monumental task.  "Hannibal" is hoped to have a seven year run, which is quite the commitment for anyone. 

More as we hear it, and meanwhile, sound off below on who you would cast if it was all up to you! Consider the field wide open and money no object.

Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter

"Go ahead and recast me.  I'm going to enjoy your liver very much.
Perhaps I'll even branch out and have it with a nice Moscato, because I could really go for that sweet zip right now."

Extra Tidbit: When I first saw this news, my brain immediately (and foolishly) jumped to thinking I was about to discover that there would be a TV series on Hannibal The Conquerer. Because that could very well be awesome.

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11:21AM on 04/22/2012
Seven Seasons is delusional. When was the last time NBC had a drama going for that long?! And we all know what happened to the last show based on a hugely succesfull 90s movie based on a bestseller book. The Firm tanked this year - bad!
Seven Seasons is delusional. When was the last time NBC had a drama going for that long?! And we all know what happened to the last show based on a hugely succesfull 90s movie based on a bestseller book. The Firm tanked this year - bad!
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5:34AM on 04/21/2012
I will tell you where these 7 seasons should go...straight to hell.
I will tell you where these 7 seasons should go...straight to hell.
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6:57PM on 04/20/2012
I can't really think of any live-action movie spin-off shows that last past a couple seasons (look at blade and sarah conner). Maybe Smallville. Anyway, this will probably be closer to your typical cop procedual show than a Hannibal movie.
I can't really think of any live-action movie spin-off shows that last past a couple seasons (look at blade and sarah conner). Maybe Smallville. Anyway, this will probably be closer to your typical cop procedual show than a Hannibal movie.
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1:17PM on 04/20/2012
NBC and Hannibal = fail. This producer is stupid for even insisting to put this show on a watered down network. Plus, pretty much every single series on television is slated to go seven seasons.
NBC and Hannibal = fail. This producer is stupid for even insisting to put this show on a watered down network. Plus, pretty much every single series on television is slated to go seven seasons.
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12:15PM on 04/20/2012
The premise is interesting. If it was going to be on AMC/FX or Stars or something like that it would have a chance. To survive on NBC the show is going to have to crank out some serious viewership and no way in hell will a dark show like this pull in the kind of ratings it will need. It will be a one season and done, unfortunately.
The premise is interesting. If it was going to be on AMC/FX or Stars or something like that it would have a chance. To survive on NBC the show is going to have to crank out some serious viewership and no way in hell will a dark show like this pull in the kind of ratings it will need. It will be a one season and done, unfortunately.
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11:00AM on 04/20/2012

meh,,,

Besides a couple of comedies, NBC only does late night or reality shows.. I have very low expectations on this one. If it were HBO or AMC then it would be different, they know how to push the envelope.

Hell.. at least is not Fox, right?
Besides a couple of comedies, NBC only does late night or reality shows.. I have very low expectations on this one. If it were HBO or AMC then it would be different, they know how to push the envelope.

Hell.. at least is not Fox, right?
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10:48AM on 04/20/2012
Kelsey Grammer?
Kelsey Grammer?
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9:41AM on 04/20/2012

I'd like Hugh Laurie as Hannibal

House is ending, I need him in another psychotic character to fill that void...But polar opposite morally, which will be interesting.

And forget 7 seasons, lets see if it cross 3 seasons, or even 1 for that matter. NBC doesn't have a good track record, my current favorite Community and Awake are now on the verge of cancelling.
House is ending, I need him in another psychotic character to fill that void...But polar opposite morally, which will be interesting.

And forget 7 seasons, lets see if it cross 3 seasons, or even 1 for that matter. NBC doesn't have a good track record, my current favorite Community and Awake are now on the verge of cancelling.
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11:08AM on 04/20/2012
I don't think we need to worry about Community canceling anymore. It has been getting so much support and buzz lately.
I don't think we need to worry about Community canceling anymore. It has been getting so much support and buzz lately.
9:25AM on 04/20/2012
Yeah, it is super super optimistic to think this will even make it past a 1st season.
Yeah, it is super super optimistic to think this will even make it past a 1st season.
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9:25AM on 04/20/2012
The fact Fuller is running this show gives me hope it won't be as awful as it otherwise might be.
The fact Fuller is running this show gives me hope it won't be as awful as it otherwise might be.
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9:10AM on 04/20/2012

Lets see who they cast...

Isn't it like 30% of new shows actually make it past season 1?? They seem to be putting a lot of faith into this 7 season backstory... NBC is #2 (after Fox) for number of failed shows.
Isn't it like 30% of new shows actually make it past season 1?? They seem to be putting a lot of faith into this 7 season backstory... NBC is #2 (after Fox) for number of failed shows.
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8:20AM on 04/20/2012
EXTRA TIDBIT: I'm still waiting for Vin Diesel to do his movie on that.
EXTRA TIDBIT: I'm still waiting for Vin Diesel to do his movie on that.
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3:49PM on 04/20/2012
Really, aren't we all?
Really, aren't we all?
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