‘Hannibal’ Trailer: A New Vision of a Familiar Story

What does it take to generate new interest in a property as well-worn as the Hannibal Lecter story sequence from novelist Thomas Harris? For the new TV show Hannibal, in which producer Bryan Fuller charts the early days of the working relationship between FBI profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Lecter, a few things are obvious parts of the approach.

The cast is on. In addition to Dancy there’s the attention-getting choice of Mads Mikkelsen (Pusher, Casino Royale) as Lecter, with the addition of Laurence Fishburne, Gina Torres, Gillian Anderson, Eddie Izzard and Ellen Greene, with Caroline Dhavernas and Lance Henriksen.

And then there’s Fuller’s style, which oozes from this first full trailer. His weird American Gothic approach looks very much like a good fit for this story. We’ve seen the Lecter story told exhaustively on film (in Manhunter, The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Hannibal Rising, and the Manhunter remake Red Dragon) but visually, at least, this version seems to go in a new direction. And while the story lends itself to the old procedural format that is so familiar from innumerable TV shows, that visual style helps Hannibal stand out.

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Whoever asked the universe for a Brett Ratner-produced Farmville TV series, your prayers have been answered. Also after the jump:

  • Director Barry Sonnenfeld signs on for Beverly Hills Cop
  • Ridley Scott sets up a Philip K. Dick-based miniseries at Syfy
  • HBO gives pilot order to Damon Lindelof‘s The Leftovers
  • Zombieland casts Maiara Walsh as its new Emma Stone
  • Frances Conroy will return for American Horror Story
  • Vince Gilligan will direct the last episode of Breaking Bad
  • Is that a corpse we see in the new Breaking Bad set photo?
  • Check out a new picture from the set of ABC’s S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Watch an intense new trailer for Game of Thrones Season 3

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Steven Soderbergh‘s 2011 disease thriller Contagion wasn’t exactly crying out for a sequel, but in the light of its strong box office performance of course more than a few execs’ minds went there. Warner Bros. quietly began developing a follow-up with writer Scott Z. Burns set to produce, and last October it took a small step forward by posting an open writing assignment.

Now, however, Burns says they’re thinking of changing course entirely. Instead of a feature film, Contagion 2 could wind up being a TV series. Hit the jump to read his comments.

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While doing press for his new film, Gangster Squad, director Ruben Fleischer disappointed fans revealing that a sequel to his 2009 Zombieland was unlikely to happen. That could be because the TV version of the property has some new life. IO9 discovered some script pages from a recent casting call, not only suggesting the ABC show is still in the works, but that some of the major characters will be different. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Briefly: Breathe easy, Battle Royale fans. You won’t have to see the CW network craft a teen- and TV-friendly version of your favorite tale of a dystopian future in which kids are forced to fight to the death. Last year, CW president Mark Pedowitz expressed interest in making a series out of Battle Royale, fueled no doubt by the crazy popularity of vaguely similar property The Hunger Games.

But while the network looked into the project, it seems there was no interest from rights holders. EW talked to Pedowitz, who says “We were not able to do anything. We are not planning to do anything with Battle Royale … nothing occurred … there’s nothing to talk about … nothing happened.”

There’s also the implication in EW’s piece that the flare-up in the debate over the relationship between violence in the media and real life changed the company’s interest in the property. In the wake of Aurora and Sandy Hook, the CW might not be so keen on a show that revolves around high-school kids killing each other.

What sort of show will Joss Whedon‘s S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series be? If you’ve assumed that it will be a lot like Whedon’s other shows, you’re probably correct.

So here’s what we’ve got on the show, which will help expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it also expands the reach of those characters to current live-action television. Ming-Na was cast as a top pilot and weapons expert Agent Melinda May, while Clark Gregg‘s late Agent Phil Coulson will appear in some fashion.

Now the show has added Elizabeth Henstridge (The Thompsons, and the CW pilot Shelter) and Iain De Caestecker, of UK series The Fades and Young James Herriot, and the upcoming Irvine Welsh film Filth.

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Is it time to look ahead to 2013 already? After the jump:

  • The Hangover 3 will shoot in Orange County, CA
  • Paul Walker is recovering from a Fast Six injury
  • Monsters Inc.‘s Mike is Billy Crystal‘s favorite role
  • Liam Neeson collected $10 million for Taken 2
  • Matt Damon probably won’t play Bourne again
  • Roberto Orci defends the one-second Star Trek clip
  • Over-the-hill movie stars team up in Red 2 set photos
  • See a new photo from Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines

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The classic Marge Gunderson quote “I just think I’m gonna barf” might comes to mind when you hear that FX has begun adapting the classic Coen Brothers film Fargo for television. But don’t go tossing your cookies just yet. While the idea was already attempted ten years ago without the Coen’s blessing both Joel and Ethan Coen will be executive producing this version of the show, an hour long project “loosely based” on the film written by Noah Hawley (My Generation, The Unusuals). Read more after the break. Read More »

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