Many have questioned the wisdom of NBC's decision to produce a TV prequel to Thomas Harris' series of novels about Dr. Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter, but it's becoming clear that the property may just be in capable hands after all. In a recent interview with EW.com, producer Bryan Fuller went into detail concerning his vision for the series and just what side of the good doctor viewers would see.
"It’s before he was incarcerated, so he’s more of a peacock. 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."
For those unfamiliar with the Hannibal timeline, the 13 episode limited drama series is set before the events of the first Lecter novel Red Dragon. The plot will feature Lecter in his days as a respected psychologist, working with FBI profiler Will Graham in an effort to catch deranged criminals, all the while trying to prevent Graham from uncovering his own double life of murder and cannabalism. Fuller had this to say regarding the dynamic between the two brilliant and calculating characters - "“It really is a love story, for lack of a better description, between these two characters. “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.” Fuller also stated that he suggested using the faster paced cable model of 13 episodes on network TV, and that he already has plans for seven whole seasons of stories if the show is a big enough success.
Are you intrigued with the idea of getting to know Lecter before he was caught? Do you think the Hannibal universe has already run its course? Or can you just not picture anyone but Anthony Hopkins the lead role?