When I was growing up, I was actually in a unique position where I saw Michael Mann’s Manhunter prior to Jonathan Demme’s adaptation of Thomas Harris’ bestseller The Silence of the Lambs. Do I think Demme had a better film than Mann, a little bit but I kind of dug Brian Cox’s interpretation of Hannibal Lector (or as it was spelled in that film Lecktor). I think it is a bit unfair to compare Cox to what Anthony Hopkins did with the character of Lector because Hopkins had more screen time. I can tell you I wasn’t a fan of the film Hannibal nor was I a fan of Red Dragon and never got around to seeing Hannibal Rising. I like what Bryan Fuller is trying to do with NBC’s Hannibal by telling the story that has never been told. How did detective Will Graham and Hannibal Lector meet? What was their relationship like prior to Graham finding out that Lector was a killer?
Well, some of that is in this teaser for the new show premiering on April 4th. Most of the eyeballs that will watch this show probably just want to see how Mads Mikkelsen will interpret the character of Hannibal Lector but I’m hoping that we will get a full season, as Fuller has a history of cancelled shows, to judge the whole relationship of Graham, Lector and Jack Crawford.