Everyone remembers the terrifying Hannibal movie series from the 1990s that told the story of the pursuit by FBI agents of a cannibal psychiatrist. Based on the book Red Dragon by Thomas Harris, the dramatic and terrifying movie was wildly popular among both audiences and critics. Now, producer Bryan Fuller of Pushing Daisies and Heroes fame is taking a small piece of the back story and is turning it into the first of a few seasons of Hannibal, a drama that is set to premiere on NBC. The show has already received a 13-episode series order and has a detailed story line drawn out. The series, which debuts on April 4, is set to be a major success.
In the new show, Dr. Hannibal Lecter is a psychiatrist-turned-serial killer that is working with FBI agent Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) to hunt for another serial killer. Graham is an incredibly gifted criminal profiler who seems to be able to empathize with anyone, even Dr. Hannibal. The pursuit of the killer becomes too complicated; Graham must enlist the amazing psychiatric skills of Dr. Lecter. Graham and Hannibal are pursuing a serial killer, while only the audience understands that Hannibal is actually a cannibal killer. This is the first time the world will see Dr. Lecter interacting in the world, before the whole world finds out his secrets. The tension stays high as Hannibal is working alongside the man who is bound to catch him.
Hannibal is not being portrayed as a villain in the series, as the characters in the show have no idea that Hannibal is actually evil. According to the producers, this builds a level of suspense that will explode at exactly the right moment. The audience already knows Hannibal is a killer, so there is no need to overplay that role. In order to keep viewers interested, the producers have included several twists and turns that will subvert Hannibal’s infamous legacy. The show will include only 13 episodes per season, so the producers will have to strike a good balance between rushing the action or moving too slowly.
Director Bryan Singer is confident about the show’s inevitable critical reception, using Trek as an example of a successful show and movie combination. Also, there has been a large time gap between the last Hannibal movie and the start of the television show, so Singer is confident that audiences will have a piqued interest in tuning in. While it is impossible to predict how the show will be received, the tight story line, dark suspense, and great producers suggest that the show will be an amazing hit.