Hannibal Lecter to kill again in US TV series

Everybody's favourite cannibal heads for the small screen in a new show by Pushing Daisies creator

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Dr Hannibal Lecter is on his way back: American network NBC has ordered 13 episodes of Hannibal, a “contemporary thriller series” featuring the characters from Thomas Harris’s first Lecter novel, Red Dragon, which was published in 1981 and made into films in 1986 and 2002. 

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The series – helmed by Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller – will see FBI agent Will Graham and psychiatrist/cannibalistic killer Hannibal Lecter “reintroduced at the beginning of their budding relationship”.

That means the TV show is ignoring Jodie Foster’s character, Clarice Starling, who first appeared in the second Hannibal novel, The Silence of the Lambs, and instead concentrating on the FBI man who is disturbed by his affinity to killers – and who ultimately catches Lecter when he’s in mid-spree. 

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There’s no word yet on casting or whether a UK broadcaster will pick it up, but the show is going into production now.