F.A.Q.

HANNIBAL FAQ



SECTION 1. OVERVIEW

1.1. What is it about?

1.2. Who is making it?

SECTION 2. CAST

2.1. Who is in it?

2.2. Is this Hugh Dancy's first encounter with Hannibal?
2.3. Who suggested Mads Mikkelsen to play Dr. Hannibal Lecter?
2.4. Who else auditioned for Dr. Hannibal Lecter?

SECTION 3. CHARACTERS

3
.1. How would you describe each character?

3.2. What changes are there from the Thomas Harris' novels?
3.3. What can you tell me about Hannibal's treatment of his victims?
3.4. Where can I find out more about the characters in "Red Dragon"?
3.5. What other Thomas Harris characters have appeared or been referenced in Hannibal?

SECTION 4. PRODUCTION
 

4.1. When did Season 1 start filming?
4.2. When did Season 1 finish filming?
4.3. Who is broadcasting it?
4.4. When did it premiere?
 
SECTION 5. EPISODES
 

5.1. How many episodes will there be in the first season?
5.2. What happened to Episode 4?
5.3. How many seasons are planned?
5.4. Is there an episode guide for the show?

SECTION 6. THE BOOKS
 

6.1. What books did Thomas Harris write with Hannibal Lecter?
6.2. What non-fiction Hannibal books are there?
6.3. Where can I find out more about criminal profiling?
6.4. Where can I find out more about psychopaths?

SECTION 7. THE MOVIES
 

7.1. What movies have featured Hannibal Lecter?
7.2. Who has played Hannibal Lecter in the movies?
7.3. Who has played Will Graham in the movies?
7.4. Who has played Jack Crawford in the movies?

SECTION 8. RECEPTION

8.1. What do the reviews say about Hannibal?
8.2. What awards has Hannibal won?

SECTION 9. MISC

9.1. What Hannibal pastiches have been made?
9.2. What kinds of pictures are on this site?  
9.3. Can you tell me anything about the music in Hannibal? 
9.4. Is Hannibal available on DVD? 
9.5. What references to other movies are in Hannibal?

SECTION 10. SPOILERS

10
.1. Who has Will Graham caught?
10.2. Who has Hannibal killed?
10.3. What do we know about Season 2?


 
HANNIBAL



SECTION 1. THE SERIES

1.1. What is it about?

Hannibal is a new television series based on the novels by Thomas Harris, it will focus on the relationship between FBI criminal profiler Will Graham and Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a forensic psychiatrist. 
 

Official Synopsis:
One of the most fascinating literary characters comes to life on television for the first time: psychiatrist-turned-serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter. In this new drama from Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies, Heroes) based on the characters from Thomas Harris' classic novels, we see where this incredible story began.
Will Graham is a gifted criminal profiler who is on the hunt for a serial killer with the FBI. Graham's unique way of thinking gives him the astonishing ability to empathize with anyone - even psychopaths. He seems to know what makes them tick. But when the mind of the twisted killer he's pursuing is too complicated for even Will to comprehend, he enlists the help of Dr. Lecter, one of the premier psychiatric minds in the country. Armed with the uncanny expertise of the brilliant doctor, Will and Hannibal (known as a serial killer only to the audience) form a brilliant partnership, and it seems there's no villain they can't catch. If Will only knew...
 
1.2. Who is making it?

Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, Star Trek: DS9) is writing and producing the series. The pilot is being directed by David Slade (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) who is also a producer.  Martha De Laurentiis (Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica) who has been involved in many of the Hannibal movies is also producing. Additionally Katie O'Connell (Gaumont International Television), Sara Colleton (Dexter) and Jesse Alexander (Heroes, Lost, Alias) are producing.



SECTION 2. CAST

2.1. Who is in it?

Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen will play Dr. Hannibal Lecter
English actor Hugh Dancy is playing Special Agent Will Graham
American actor Laurence Fishburne as Special Agent Jack Crawford
Canadian actress Caroline Dhavernas as Dr. Alana Bloom
Canadian actress Lara Jean Chorostecki as Fredricka "Freddie" Lounds
Canadian actor Aaron Abrams as Brian Zeller
Canadian actor Scott Thompson as Jimmy Price  
American actress Hettienne Park as Beverly Katz



2.2. Is this Hugh Dancy's first encounter with Hannibal?

No, according to IMDB (and The Hannibal Files by Daniel O'Brien, page 210), Hugh Dancy's role as Will Graham will not be his first encounter with Hannibal, he auditioned for the role of Hannibal Lecter for the 2007 movie Hannibal Rising: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0367959/trivia

2.3. Who suggested Mads Mikkelsen to play Dr. Hannibal Lecter?

According to Bryan Fuller, Hugh Dancy suggested Mads Mikkelsen to play Dr. Hannibal Lecter, as they knew each other from King Arthur (2004), and according to Fuller as soon as the idea came up he couldn't picture anyone else in the part.



2.4. Who else auditioned for Dr. Hannibal Lecter?

David Tennant: http://eattherude.blogspot.ie/2013/04/david-tennant-to-play-killer-in-hannibal.html



SECTION 3. CHARACTERS

3.1. How would you describe each character?

Will Graham: A former homicide detective turned teacher, Will Graham is pulled into the dark world of criminal profiling by Jack Crawford to help catch some of the most demented serial killers known to man. Socially awkward, but a brilliantly gifted, Graham navigates his way through the dark amalgam of haunting cases—guided by his FBI-appointed psychologist, Hannibal Lecter. Graham is constantly on guard against being consumed by the darkness he confronts on each case.

Hannibal Lecter: An accomplished psychologist, and sociopathic serial killer, at the height of his career. Dr. Lecter is assigned to be Will Graham’s psychiatrist, helping navigate the increasingly disturbing cases Graham encounters, while gaining unprecedented access to the FBI for himself. Excepting his homicidal tendencies, Dr. Lecter is every bit the gentleman, with his impeccable wit, astonishing intellect, gourmet pallet and eye for the more refined aspects of life.

Jack Crawford: Head of the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit, Jack Crawford is laser-focused on his mission to apprehend the most vicious serial killers known to man. His unstoppable drive and dogged determination sometimes cause him to lose sight of the wellbeing of his team, particularly his most valuable weapon, Will Graham, who Crawford keeps on a tight leash. It also constantly threatens the delicate balance he strikes between his professional and personal life.

Alana Bloom: Dr. Alana Bloom is a psychology professor, FBI consultant, and colleague to Will Graham, who is able to keep her work at a strict intellectual distance from her private life. She recognizes Will’s spectacular gift of empathizing with the murderers he hunts, but worries about Jack putting Will in harm’s way. A former student of Hannibal Lecter’s, Alana sometimes clashes with him over his unconventional treatments.

Freddie Lounds: Trashy tabloid blogger and aspiring journalist Freddie Lounds is as driven, ambitious and cunning as she is unscrupulous, stopping at nothing to get her story. Lounds sees Will Graham and the FBI as targets, using them as fodder for her next sensational exposé.

Brian Zeller: A member of the Behavioral Science Unit, Zeller uses his medical degree to determine causes of death in victims. His arrogance and competitive nature sometimes place him at odds with Will.

Jimmy Price: Price is a master of forensics and technology within the Behavioral Science Unit. He makes the most of his years of experience, and knows the importance of levity and wit in maintaining one’s sanity on the job.

Beverly Katz: A member of the Behavioral Science Unit, specializing in fibers. Beverly has a keen sensibility when it comes to piecing together fragments of evidence. And she never handles Will with kid gloves, a trait appreciated by Will.


3.2. What changes are there from the Thomas Harris' novels?

Three changes that are evident are:

1. The show is set in contemporary times

2. The gender of Alan Bloom has been changed

3. The gender of Freddy Lounds has been changed

4. Hannibal and Will work together on cases (like the Red Dragon movie)

3.3. What can you tell me about Hannibal's treatment of his victims?



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3.4. Where can I find out more about the characters in Red Dragon?

Check out Damian Gordon's sister blog: http://reddragonspoilers.blogspot.ie/



3.5. What other Thomas Harris characters have appeared or been referenced in Hannibal?


 SECTION 4. PRODUCTION

4.1. When did Season 1 start filming?

The pilot began shooting on August 28th 2012
[http://www.dgcodc.ca/members/pdf/Hotlist.pdf]

4.2. When did Season 1 finish filming?

March 21st 2013 (some approx 29 weeks of shooting)

4.3. Who is broadcasting it?

It is on NBC, AXN, and Sky Living.

4.4. When did it premiere?

On NBC, 4th April 2013 @ 10PM

Other premiere dates here:
http://eattherude.blogspot.ie/search/label/Premiere


 SECTION 5. EPISODES
 
5.1. How many episodes will there be in the first season?

13 Episodes


5.2. What happened to Episode 4?

In the original US run of Hannibal, NBC has decided to pull episode four "Ceuf" due to the content involving children murdering other children. The decision arose after series creator Bryan Fuller phoned NBC and said, “given the cultural climate right now in the U.S., I think we shouldn’t air the episode in its entirety.” Fuller cited the Sandy Hook shooting and the Boston Marathon bombings as the root of this sensitivity issue. Clips from the episode were made available on NBC.com which focused on character development in that episode.

This episode was broadcast overseas, and will be on the DVD.

5.3. How many seasons are planned?

7 Seasons

5.4. Is there an episode guide for the show?

Here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2243973/episodes
here: http://www.tv.com/shows/hannibal-2012/
or here: http://eattherude.blogspot.ie/p/episode-guide.html



SECTION 6. THE BOOKS

6.1. What books did Thomas Harris write with Hannibal Lecter?



Red Dragon (1981) by Thomas Harris
  • Featuring Hannibal Lecter, Will Graham, Jack Crawford, Freddy Lounds, Alan Bloom, Brian Zeller, Jimmy Price
 

The Silence of the Lambs (1988) by Thomas Harris
  • Featuring Hannibal Lecter, Jack Crawford, Alan Bloom, Jimmy Price


Hannibal (1999) by Thomas Harris
  • Featuring Hannibal Lecter, Jack Crawford


Hannibal Rising (2006) by Thomas Harris
  • Featuring Hannibal Lecter

6.2. What non-fiction Hannibal books are there?




The Hannibal Files: The Unauthorised Guide to the Hannibal Lecter Trilogy (2009) by  Daniel O'Brien



Making Murder: The Fiction of Thomas Harris (2009) by Philip L. Simpson



Dissecting Hannibal Lecter: Essays on the Novels of Thomas Harris (2008) by Benjamin Szumskyj 



The Strange World of Thomas Harris (2001) by David Sexton


6.3. Where can I find out more about criminal profiling?


   
The Jigsaw Man (1997) by Paul Britton

Picking Up The Pieces (2001) by Paul Britton

Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit (1996) by John Douglas and Mark Olshake


 Journey Into Darkness: Follow The FBI's Premier Investigative Profiler (2010) by John Douglas and Mark Olshake



6.4. Where can I find out more about psychopaths?


 
The Psychopath Test (2012) by Jon Ronson


The Wisdom of Psychopaths (2012) by Kevin Dutton

Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us (1999) by Robert D. Hare


SECTION 7. THE MOVIES

7.1. What movies have featured Hannibal Lecter?


* Manhunter (1986) 

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Documentary here

Hannibal (2001)

Red Dragon (2002)

Hannibal Rising (2007)

7.2. Who has played Hannibal Lecter in the movies?



Scottish actor Brian Cox (Manhunter)
Welsh actor Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Red Dragon)
French actor Gaspard Ulliel (Hannibal Rising)

7.3. Who has played Will Graham in the movies?



American actor William Petersen (Manhunter)
American actor Edward Norton (Red Dragon)


7.4. Who has played Jack Crawford in the movies?



American actor Dennis Farina (Manhunter)
American actor Scott Glenn (The Silence of the Lambs)
American actor Harvey Keitel (Red Dragon)


SECTION 8. RECEPTION

8.1. What do the reviews say about Hannibal?

The reviews have been highly positive, particularly highlighting the acting and scripts.
More details here


8.2. What awards has Hannibal won?
  • Hannibal won 6 awards in the the 2012-2013 Golden Europe TV Awards: Leading Actor, Supporting Actor, Picture Editing, Production Design, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing.
More details here


SECTION 9. MISC

9.1. What Hannibal pastiches have been made?

- Miami Vice featured an episode "Shadow in the Dark" that closely resembled "Manhunter"
- The character of Dr. Zito in MacGyver has some similarities to Dr. Lecter.
- Sangharsh (Hindi: सँघर्ष) is a 1999 Bollywood adaption of "The Silence of the Lambs" 
- Hannibal Lecter has featured in episodes of "The Simpsons" 
- Back in the USSA by  Eugene Byrne and Kim Newman, features an alternative history where Hannibal Lecter is the head of the Department of Health. 
- More details here


9.2. What kinds of pictures are on this site?   

9.3. Can you tell me anything about the music in Hannibal?

9.4. Is Hannibal available on DVD? 


9.5. What references to other movies are in Hannibal?  

http://eattherude.blogspot.ie/search/label/Inspirations 


SECTION 10. SPOILERS

10.1. Who has Will Graham caught?
  1. Garrett Jacob Hobbs (Apéritif) - shot dead by Will
  2. Eldon Stammets (Amuse-Bouche) - shot in the arm by Will
  3. "Mad Mother" (Ceuf) - shot by Beverly
  4. Elliot Buddish (Coquilles) - committed suicide
  5. Devon Silvestri (Sorbet) - captured 
  6. Tobias Budge (Fromage) - killed by Hannibal

10.2. Who has Hannibal killed?
  1. Cassie Boyle (Apéritif) - impaled on a stag's antlers
  2. Marissa Schurr (Potage) - impaled on a stag's antlers
  3. "Rabbit" (Ceuf) - unknown 
  4. Jeremy Olmstead  (Entrée) - Wound Man victim
  5. Miriam Lass (Entrée) - possibly killed, but recorded messages after choking 
  6. Andrew Caldwell: Independent Medical Examiner (Sorbet) – chopped in half on School bus
  7. Michelle Vocalson: Stanwood Tailored Coats: Customer Service (Sorbet) - unknown
  8. Darrell Ledgerwood:  Hidden Room Rare Books: General Manager (Sorbet) - unknown
  9. Christopher Ward: CW: IT Consultant (Sorbet) - unknown
  10. The Ripper left his last victim in a church pew using his tongue as a page marker in the Bible he was holding (Sorbet)
  11. Franklin Froideveaux (Fromage) - broke his neck
  12. Tobias Budge (Fromage) - killed with a stag statue

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