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Hannibal Lecter Heads To Television

It looks like the zombies of The Walking Dead are going to have some competition for all that human flesh. After continued attempts to recapture the success of Silence of the Lambs, Gaumont International Television are taking the story of Hannibal Lecter, originally created by author Thomas Harris, to the small screen. Bryan Fuller, creator of Pushing Daisies and Wonderfalls, has been tapped to write the television adaption. Fuller will also serve as executive producer along with Martha De Laurentiis, who produced the films; Hannibal, Red Dragon, and Hannibal Rising.

The series, dubbed Hannibal, will draw on the relationship between the good Dr. Lecter, and FBI profiler, Will Graham, that was featured in the book and film, Red Dragon(as well as the first film featuring the cannibal psychiatrist, Manhunter). This prequel to the events of Silence of the Lambs will focus on Graham seeking guidance from Lecter in his investigations, which are troubling for Graham because of his ability to empathize with serial killers.

Gaumont International Television was recently established by the French film studio of the same name. In addition to Hannibal, the Los Angeles based production company is working on another series, Madame Tussaud, which is based on the book by Michelle Moran.


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