‘Hannibal’ Trailer: A Gruesome New Take on the Hannibal Lecter Story

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:24 am,

NBC’s Hannibal was a discussion topic on the SR Underground Podcast earlier this month, in part because of how the TV series’ creator Bryan Fuller – the former Heroes co-showrunner and Pushing Daisies creator – is handling the limitations inherent to a Hannibal Lecter prequel series which covers some of the same ground as Red Dragon and Manhunter.

Judging by a newly-released trailer, Hannibal offers some disturbing and grotesque visuals courtesy of director David Slade (30 Days of NightThe Twilight Saga: Eclipse), in addition to captivating psychological drama that offers an alternate (re: not strictly canonical) take on Thomas Harris’ stories about serial killer profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), Agent Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne), Dr. Alana “Al” Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas) and, of course, a brilliant psychiatrist by the name of Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen)

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If Fuller gets his way, then Hannibal will carry on for many seasons (each thirteen episodes rather than the public TV standard twenty-two), with an overarching story pre-planned to cover seven seasons in total. The intention is to use viewers’ knowledge about Lecter’s true nature to generate a sort of Hitchcockian suspense that will keep them hooked, in addition with the promise that “we get to subvert his legacy” along the way.

Both Hannibal and this month’s Bates Motel are taking similar approaches, when it comes to revisiting iconic cinematic psychopaths and exploring their history in a way that (hopefully) avoids making them any less darkly fascinating and complex in the process. However, there are two obstacles standing in the way of Fuller’s show becoming a success: 1) NBC’s tendency to cancel series before they hit their groove and 2) The popularity of The Following is taking away from the demand for engaging serial killer TV show entertainment.


Hannibal premieres on Thursday evening, April 4th, 2013 on NBC at 10/9c. Will YOU be checking it out?


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    • Lol, good point

  1. So I just watched Silence of the Lambs literally five hours ago and so I’m kind of on a Hannibal kick. That being said, Fuller looks like he might do this material justice. Being an NBC show though I have my doubts. We shall just have to see.

  2. It’s not available to watch in UK and possibly other countries. Any other links please?

  3. Don’t know why I’m looking forward to this considering the director and the network it’s showing on. However this is a huge opportunity for Mikkelsen to get some major award recognition.

    • Recent German interview. Mads Mikkelsen quote.

      “My own life is boring enough. At work, average stuff doesn’t interest
      me, it has to be dramatic & crazy.”

      IRL for Mads Mikkelsen he

      1. Gets to travel all around the world because of his jobs.
      2. Eats food in expensive restaurants. Stays in expensive hotels.
      3. Palme d’Or award winner of the invitation only Cannes Film Festival
      4. Knighted by the Queen of Denmark & met British Queen Elizabeth II
      5. A sports fan who has met famous sports stars, gets their autographs and attends atheltic events such as Wimbledon. Not to mention the
      famous people he meets in the film industry.
      6. Probably lives in an expensive neighborhood.
      7. Doubt he lives paycheck to paycheck money wise. Taken a vacaction or

      A boring and dump life with no recognition or perks. Let’s


  4. wow. this might actually be good!

  5. Wow!!!
    That would have been a pretty intense ‘movie’ trailer let alone for something on network TV…
    I share the same worries as others, mostly the fact that the show is on NBC. If the show is any good I hope they give it time to get going.
    And I pray this is a better show than The Following. I’ve tried to give that show a proper chance but it’s pretty bad, I mean like laughable bad.

  6. I loved Mads Mikkelsen in a royal affair so count me in

    • Yea many people feel he has been under the radar. This a nice stage for him to get some award recognition, maybe a Globe or an Emmy. It’s probably really early for that conversation, just hope this does not suck.

  7. As a skeptic of the idea of this series and a fan of the novels, I must confess this trailer was visually and stylistically impressive. I like what they’ve done with Graham & it’s nice to see a less hammy, more quietly sinister Hannibal. Looking forward to seeing this, trying not to get my hopes up since it’s airing on NBC.

    Interesting reversal on the way Fishburne’s Crawford recruits Graham. It’s a role reversal of the way William Petersen (the original Will Graham) recruited Fishburne’s character on CSI. Also, the university scenes reminded me of the pilot to Criminal Minds and the introduction of Mandy Patinkin. Given the success of all these sources/influences, plus the fetching cinematography, this might just be a runaway hit for the genre.

  8. I’m going to check this out because 1)I adore Mads Mikkelson–he’s a terrific actor 2)I adore Laurence Fishburne and 3)I adored the Hannibal Lechter films and books. I wonder if the show will bring in a Clarice at some point?

    I stopped watching The Following after Episode 2.

  9. I’m avid fan of Thomas Harris work…. This is a promising show. Can’t wait to sample it.

    • Well played, Avid Fan. Well played.

  10. Holy mother of god… I’m definitely checking this out.