‘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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‘Hannibal’ TV Trailer: Break Out the Chianti

Bryan Fuller‘s Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane didn’t quite work out as planned, but luckily for his fans NBC has another macabre project from him ready to go.

Hannibal follows Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) in their early days — back before the FBI profiler knew that the famed psychiatrist was actually a cannibalistic killer. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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While we’ve been running around preparing for and celebrating the holidays, a few interesting bits of TV news have broken over the past few days. After the jump:

  • How I Met Your Mother will return for Season 9
  • Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B— get shuffled
  • Timothy Olyphant books an Archer guest role
  • Why did Glen Mazzara leave The Walking Dead?
  • The CW is developing a female Robin Hood series
  • NBC’s failed The Farm will air as an Office episode
  • Bryan Fuller‘s Mockingbird Lane is officially dead
  • Girls Season 2 gets two new trailers and a featurette
  • Downton Abbey is losing a star in Season 4

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Winter is coming, both in the regular winter-related sense and also in the sense that Game of Thrones‘ Season 3 premiere is slowly but surely approaching. After the jump:

  • Jesse Plemons heads to HBO’s Cold War series The Missionary
  • Lauren Ash joins Rebel Wilson and Liza Lapira in Super Fun Night
  • Mark Wahlberg creates a The Fighter-inspired reality show for A&E
  • CBS cancels Partners; ABC nixes 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort
  • See some dark early concept art from Bryan Fuller‘s Mockingbird Lane
  • HBO reveals its first not very revealing teaser for Game of Thrones
  • Enjoy a trailer for the Doctor Who Christmas special “The Snowmen”

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Get ready for another year of serious (and often seriously enjoyable) WTF-ery, because FX has renewed American Horror Story for a third season. Also after the jump:

  • Guillermo del Toro‘s The Strain starts casting to shoot in 2013
  • Da Vinci’s Demons hires Walking Dead composer Bear McCreary
  • Michael Cera is an Arrested Development writer; Lupe returns
  • Bryan Fuller casts Mockingbird Lane‘s Eddie Izzard in Hannibal
  • Michael Bay books a guest role as himself on ABC’s The Neighbors
  • Meryl Streep’s daughter Grace Gummer joins HBO’s The Newsroom
  • Aaron Sorkin is sad The Newsroom won’t cover the Petraeus scandal
  • HBO unveils its first teaser poster for Game of Thrones Season 3
  • See a save the date for Liz Lemon’s likely trainwreck of a wedding

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Anthony Hopkins may be the most famous Hannibal Lecter of them all, but he’s far from the only one. And in the months to come, we’ll be getting yet another. Mads Mikkelsen will be the latest to tackle pop culture’s most beloved cannibal in NBC’s Hannibal, from Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller.

So how does he stack up? See for yourself in a new batch of photos from the set, which also feature Hugh Dancy as FBI agent Will Graham, and Laurence Fishburne as his boss Jack Crawford.

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Time once again to speculate about just what NBC expects out of Mockingbird Lane, the Munsters revamp from producer/writer Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies) and director Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects, X-Men). Over the past couple weeks we’ve heard that the expensive pilot came in below NBC’s standards, and that the network was either dumping the show altogether, or airing the pilot as a pre-Halloween special in order to make back a few bucks on the investment.

Now we’ve got the first ad for the show, so we know the “one-time special” airing is really happening. This is also our first real look at what Fuller and Singer pulled together for the show, which stars Jerry O’Connell as Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi as his wife Lily, and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa.

It’s an effects-heavy comedy with an aesthetic that will be familiar to fans of Fuller. The stuff pulled for this brief tease looks pretty good, especially by television standards. Whether the comedy works or not will come down to personal preference, but for a pilot that has been the subject of such pessimistic speculation this doesn’t look like a wreck.

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NBC to Air ‘Mockingbird Lane’ as Halloween Special?

I’m not sure how interested people really were in a revamped modern version of The Munsters, but the story around the debut (or not) of the show has become interesting.

The short form is that Bryan Fuller and NBC worked together for a couple years to develop a new take on The Munsters, which eventually became Mockingbird Lane, starring Jerry O’Connell as Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi as Lily Munster, and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa, directed by Bryan Singer. Then last week, Deadline reported that NBC didn’t like the pilot and wouldn’t be picking up the show. Fuller quickly denied the report on Twitter, and many people thought “oh, stupid Deadline fell for some biased insider report and messed up the story.”

But now, another trade is reporting that NBC is looking for a way to salvage the investment in the pilot, and will air it as a Halloween special this year before washing their hands of the whole thing. Read More »

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