‘Pushing Daisies’ Creator Brings Hannibal Lecter To TV

Bryan Fuller serves up the famous serial killer with a side of fava beans and a nice chianti.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Move over "Dexter," one of Hollywood's most famous serial killers may soon stake his claim on TV.

Deadline is reporting that the newly formed Gaumont International Television is preparing a Hannibal Lecter drama series with Bryan Fuller attached as an executive producer.

The new "Hannibal" series will follow the early days of Doctor Hannibal Lecter and his relationship with his patient, FBI profiler Will Graham. From the description, it seems as it is primarily taking its inspiration from "Red Dragon," the Thomas Harris novel that originally unveiled Hannibal to the world.

Harris went on to write three additional novels centered around Hannibal, but it was Anthony Hopkins' chilling performance in "The Silence of the Lambs" that enshrined the character's place in popular culture. Hopkins went on to reprise the title role in "Hannibal" and again in a remake of "Red Dragon."

In "Manhunter" — the first adaptation of "Red Dragon" — Hannibal Lecter was portrayed by Brian Cox. In the adaptation of the prequel novel "Hannibal Rising," Gaspard Ulliel stepped into the part of a much younger Hannibal.

Fuller's involvement with the project is somewhat surprising, given that he is best known for lighter projects like "Pushing Daisies" and  "Wonderfalls." Previously, Fuller created the Showtime series "Dead Like Me" and he also wrote for "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "Star Trek: Voyager" and "Heroes."

In addition to "Hannibal," Gaumont is also producing a "Madame Tussaud" miniseries from "The Tudors" creator Michael Hirst. Based on the "Madame Tussaud" book by Michelle Moran, the miniseries will explore the life of the historical Marie Tussaud, an artist during the French Revolution who became famous for her wax figures

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