TV: New ‘Hannibal’ Series To Span Over Seven Seasons?

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In an interview with EW, show writer Bryan Fuller (“Pushing Daises,” “Heroes” and the forthcoming “Mockingbird Lane”) spoke about how he’ll bring Hannibal Lecter to the small screen with “Hannibal,” while also revealing that they’re planning on reaching not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, but seven seasons (sorry for the Lebron reference).

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.

“Hannibal,” which has received a 13-episode series order, features Lecter teaming to solve crimes with empathic FBI profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy). For the first time, viewers will spend quality time with Lecter while he’s at large and before the world knows his secrets, working side by side with a similarly brilliant man who is destined to catch him.

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It’s before he was incarcerated, so he’s more of a peacock,” Fuller tells EW. “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.

He also speaks on the film’s romantic side: “It really is a love story, for lack of a better description, between these two characters,” Fuller says. “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.

“Hannibal” will also be unusual because it’s planned as a 13-episode-per-season show. So though the drama won’t rush Hannibal’s story it also won’t feel like its padded with throwaway episodes either.

Doing a cable model on network television gives us the opportunity not to dally in our storytelling because we have a lot of real estate to cover,” Fuller says. “I pitched a seven-season arc including stories from various [Thomas Harris] books.

The show will include familiar characters from Harris’ novels, though he’s “Starbucking” the genders of a couple of them. FBI boss Jack Crawford will remain male, but Dr. Alan Bloom is becoming Dr. Alana Bloom, and tabloid journalist Freddy Lounds is becoming tabloid blogger Fredricka Lounds…

  • djblack1313

    i’m sorry but Bryan Fuller has dimentia or alzheimer’s. how else could he have forgotten how all his shows got caneled after 4 seasons (HEROES) to 1 season???? this show won’t make it to 7 seasons. they should just strive for a couple of seasons tops and keep their fingers crossed. most series don’t make it 7 seasons. i want some of the drugs Bryan Fuller is on.

  • Nothing333

    It’s nice to have goals, but this could be an utter shit fest. He should be more concerned about making a stellar first season.

  • doctrina

    i have a click on imdb.com and no info about this tv drama only the fbi cop are named, and sevens season are a really long run mabye it will be season one to four thats enough what you can tell on tv about a man eater?. fucking pervert

  • http://www.facebook.com/mjshearer Matt Shearer

    So wait, is this on network TV or cable? I can’t help but be entirely skeptical of this whole situation. I love Hannibal, he’s one of my favorite villains of all time, and I’m sorry, but I can’t imagine anyone but Hopkins playing him. Not to mention that if this is on network TV, it’ll have to be toned down considerable. Just lots of bad feelings all over about this.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mjshearer Matt Shearer

      *considerably

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=668783962 Kyle Scheinhaus

      Well you are right to a small degree, but look at shows like all the CSI’S, SVU, CRIMINAL MINDS. That just a few but then you have basic cable which is is you AMC, A&E, FX they have shows like American Haunting, The Walking Dead, Breakout Kings, Breaking Bad.