Thomas Harris Gets ‘Behind the Mask’ with Director

Universal and MGM are wasting no time on ‘Silence of the Lambs 4,’ which is being written by Thomas Harris and is called Behind the Mask. Inside you’ll find news on the director and when you’ll see the book and movie hitting a store/theater near you…
Variety reports:

Producers Dino and Martha De Laurentiis have set Peter Webber (Girl With a Pearl Earring) to direct Behind the Mask, the Hannibal Lecter prequel being scripted by author Thomas Harris.

The novel will hit stores next Fall. The film will begin production in May for release in Summer 2006, reports Variety. Universal and MGM, partners on Hannibal and Red Dragon, will get first crack at domestic rights.

The producers are preparing to sell overseas rights this week at the American Film Market. They will sell that title along with the David Leland-directed The Decameron and The Last Legion. “Legion” will star Anthony Hopkins, who set the standard for Hannibal Lecter.

The De Laurentiises are still developing but will not be pushing at AFM their Alexander the Great biopic Alx, which David Hare and Baz Luhrmann scripted. They are still determined to make the film, but are content to wait for the dust to clear on the Oliver Stone-directed Alexander, which is released this month.

“It is a revenge story that shows why he became a cannibal,” said Dino De Laurentiis. “But he kills people that audiences want to see killed. So while there is a natural revulsion, the sympathy toward Hannibal remains.”

The producers and director will soon begin scouting locations in Lithuania, the Czech Republic and France. They will simultaneously search for young actors to play Lecter at three pivotal moments in his life.

Source: Variety