Hannibal Series Gets The Go-Ahead

Man-eater Hopkins and a nervous Norton played the pair in 2002

Someone fetch the Chianti, we have a TV-prequel-series style celebration on our hands.

The NBC series will delve into the relationship between the man-muncher, Dr Hannibal Lecter, and FBI agent, Will Graham, who was played expertly in the original 2002 film  by Edward Norton.

According to EW the tagline for the new show reads: “One-hour contemporary thriller series featuring the classic characters from Thomas Harris’ novel Red Dragon -FBI Will Graham and his mentor Dr Hannibal Lecter – who are re-introduced at the beginning of their budding relationship.”

Rather than catching up with The Silence of The Lambs’ Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster), the series will focus on damaged FBI profiler Graham, the agent who captured Lecter when he was on his binge-eating spree in the original Thomas Harris novel.

It is highly unlikely that we will see Norton reprise his role as the quick-thinking FBI agent for the purposes of television, leaving an intriguing pair of vacancies lingering over the project.

Brian Fuller, who is best known for his work creating such shows as Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me and Wonderfalls, and was also involved in Star Trek: Voyager, Deep Space 9 and Heroes, has written 13 episodes for TV bosses.

With no date confirmed for the arrival of the small screen interpretation of this legendary serial-killer’s life and relationships, we will have to keep the fava beans in soak.