The future of Hannibal Lecter is on TV, as series based on both Clarice Starling and Hannibal himself (as well as FBI agent Will Graham) are in development. The latter is being shepherded to the small screen by Pushing Daisies creator, Bryan Fuller, who has now found his serial killer in the forms of Mads Mikkelsen.
The actor won Best Actor at Cannes just a few weeks ago for The Hunt, but is probably best known as the villain in Casino Royale. Now he’s going to TV to play Hannibal Lecter in the NBC show, according to Deadline. Will Graham is yet to be cast, but the show will focus on his hunt for the Lecter, expanding on events touched upon in Red Dragon and The Silence Of The Lambs.
David Slade (Hard Candy, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) will direct the pilot, which is expected to start airing early next year, with NBC having already ordered 13 episodes. Whether Lecter will work on TV is another matter, especially considering US network television will limit the violence and terror it will be able to show.