Hannibal’s Bryan Fuller Wants to Do Silence of the Lambs Miniseries

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A favorite of many here at iHorror, the Bryan Fuller-created TV series Hannibal was of course canceled in summer 2015 after three highly acclaimed but poorly rated seasons. For awhile, it looked like a streaming outlet might pick up the cult phenomenon for another season, although those talks obviously fell through. In the time since, Hannibal’s creator and stars have made it known whenever they’ve been asked that they would all love to come back and continue the murderous journey of Hannibal and Will Graham.

In a recent interview with Blumhouse’s Shock Waves podcast, Fuller went into detail about what he’d like to do should Hannibal return – which the creator has previously hinted might become possible come summer 2017 – and wow does it sound awesome. Here’s the scenario Fuller would love to make happen:

We still hope that something can be worked out where we continue telling Hannibal Lecter stories and see The Silence of the Lambs in a way that the book hasn’t been represented. I think the film adaptation is a perfect film, but there’s a lot of interesting nooks and crannies in that book to explore in a television series.

While many horror fans would likely agree with Fuller that the Oscar-winning 1991 film adaptation of The Silence of the Lambs is indeed a perfect film, there is definitely merit to the idea of retelling the story via the characters created by Fuller and his stars Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy. As for how the revival would be structured, Fuller went on to say to that he envisions Hannibal’s future stories being told in the form of 6-8 episode miniseries events.

Perhaps the biggest creative change Fuller would bring to a potential Silence miniseries is that Will Graham wasn’t a part of Harris’ original novel, and inserting him into the narrative would no doubt immediately throw a compelling twist into the mix. This holds true whether or not Fuller is able to obtain the rights to use Clarice Starling, as the interplay between her and Graham could end up being tremendous. It would be interesting to see if Hannibal became conflicted over which of the two he was more obsessed with.

Also, the Hannibal TV series took the relationship between Dr. Lecter and Will to places never explored in Harris’ books, with Mikkelsen’s Lecter ending up different enough as a character to mostly stand apart from Anthony Hopkins’ portrayal. In fact, many fans love both Hopkins’ and Mikkelsen’s takes on Hannibal, recognizing them as each being worthwhile variations on the same base personality. Stay tuned to iHorror for any further updates.