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Hannibal Lecter Heading to Small Screen

September 13, 2011 (7:59 am) GMT
Recently launched Gaumont International Television plans a TV series which will explore the early relationship between Dr. Hannibal Lecter and FBI agent Will Graham.
Hannibal Lecter Heading to Small Screen

After gracing theaters since late 1980s, Hannibal Lecter will appear on small screen. Gaumont International Television (GIT), which has just been launched by French film studio Gaumont, announced on Monday, September 12 that it is developing "" which is based on the character in Thomas Harris' novel.

The one-hour drama series will center on Dr. Hannibal Lecter's early days, namely his time going head-to-head with a young FBI criminal profiler named Will Graham, who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers. While the title character was famously played by in the films, Graham was portrayed by and in "Manhunter" and "Red Dragon" respectively.

"" creator Bryan Fuller is hired to write for "Hannibal" while also serving as executive producer along with Martha De Laurentiis, who has produced three Hannibal feature films: "Hannibal", "Red Dragon" and "".

Another project planned by GIT is "Madame Tussaud". Based on the book by Michelle Moran, the six-hour miniseries follows the great artist Tussaud while she got through the horrors of the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror that swept away friends, family and an entire way of life.

"" creator Michael Hirst serves as a scribe. She is additionally executive producing with Alan Gasmer and Sherry Marsh.

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