So, what is the brilliant Bryan Fuller up to next, now that NBC has decided to cash out on his revival of THE MUNSTERS, called MOCKINGBIRD LANE and burn off the pilot as a one-shot movie on Oct. 26?
I’m glad you asked. He’s currently developing another… er, offbeat series for the same network, NBC, called HANNIBAL, and it’s based on the legendary Carthaginian general who… nah, I’m just pulling your leg. HANNIBAL is actually based on Thomas Harris’ series of novels about Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the protagonist of several big-screen movies, including the Oscar-winning Silence of the Lambs. The series will be another take on Harris’ novels.
The 13 hour-long episodes will focus on FBI agent Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), a criminal profiler hunting a serial killer. The FBI asks mad psychiatrist Dr. Lecter’s (Mads Mikkelsen) help with the case. Caroline Dhavernas (WONDERFALLS) will play Dr. Alana “Al” Bloom, “a psychiatric protégé of Hannibal’s who teaches psychology at Georgetown University and is consulting with the FBI on criminal profiling,” according to NBC. She introduces FBI profiling honchoJack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne), who supervises Graham, to Dr. Lecter.
Fuller says he has seven seasons worth of stories planned for the series, with the first two adapting the first novel, Red Dragon. “Season one is the bromance, season two is the horrible breakup,” Fuller has said.
Speaking of horrible, the series does necessitate venturing into some pretty terrible territory: “We’re getting a lot of great ideas about how to cook people,” Fuller admitted. The show has hired a consultant to explain exactly what Lecter really could or could not eat.