[Comic Con ’14] “HANNIBAL” Panel Rundown
With all the big screen horror invading San Diego Comic Con this weekend, one might overlook some of the creepier small screen entries that have already made waves at the con. Of course, one of the strongest TV horrors, HANNIBAL, made its presence known at San Diego this year, with showrunner Bryan Fuller reassuring fans that Hannibal Lecter’s story is only going to get darker in the upcoming third season.
Following the shocking second season finale, Fuller revealed this season is going to be a bit more ambitious with its perspective: the show will shy away from the procedural aspects that had defined the earlier seasons as the titular character finds himself and his psychiatrist Bedelia as international fugitives in Italy. The show will also include flashback episodes featuring Eddie Izzard’s Dr. Gideon and Abigail Hobbs, and the show will also introduce Lady Murasaki from HANNIBAL RISING this season as well. However, the biggest news came in the confirmation of Francis Dolarhyde, the serial killer from RED DRAGON, in the latter half of the third season.
Yet, the panel wasn’t all good news for HANNIBAL fans, as Fuller once again confirmed that the show will not (and as of this writing, never will) feature Clarice Starling. Fuller explained to San Diego Comic Con that MGM is quite reluctant to lease out the character rights to Starling to HANNIBAL, as the show effectively halted production on their SILENCE OF THE LAMBS TV series, CLARICE. Nevertheless, Fuller did mention that the show may include a fictional variation on the character in the potential fourth season, as Fuller called himself a “HANNIBAL completionist.”
HANNIBAL returns to NBC in 2015.