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Hugh Dancy (“Our Idiot Brother,” “The Big C”) will play Will Graham, the FBI profiler who captured Hannibal Lecter, in NBC’s new “Silence of the Lambs” prequel series “Hannibal.”

The role of Lecter should be cast any minute now.

Graham was the troubled hero of “Red Dragon,” Thomas Harris’ first Lecter novel, which was made into Michael Mann’s excellent 1986 thriller “Manhunter” (starring Brian Cox as Hannibal Lecktor) and Brett Ratner’s rather less accomplished 2002 Anthony Hopkins remake.

The “Red Dragon” novel begins long after Graham captured Lecter. The new series will begin with a pre-incarceration Lecter working with Graham to find other serial killers.

“CSI” icon William Petersen played Graham in the 1986 movie; Edward Norton stepped into the role for the remake.

“The Silence of the Lambs,” which depicts (among many other things) Lecter’s escape, was the Graham-free sequel to “Red Dragon.”

NBC has ordered 13 episodes. Bryan Fuller, who also scripted the “Munsters” reboot pilot “Mockingbird Lane” for NBC, wrote the “Hannibal” pilot and serves as the series' creator/showrunner.

Fuller, who wrote for “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Star Trek: Voyager” before he created “Dead Like Me,” “Wonderfalls” and “Pushing Daisies,” scripted the best episodes of “Heroes’” first season, including the killer Noah Bennet episode “Company Man.”

Martha De Laurentiis, a member of the filmmaking clan behind all five Lecter movies, is producing the series as well.


Dancy’s other credits include “Black Hawk Down,” “Blood and Chocolate” and “Confessions of a Shopaholic.”

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  • March 22, 2012, 6:47 p.m. CST

    first I've heard of this

    by mr teaspoon

    I'm intrigued. Though it should be on HBO.

  • March 22, 2012, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Manhunter was dogshit

    by JonJonB9

    Everyone jizzes over it because they think they are special for voicing their preference for "Brian Cox's original Hannibal" and other such nonsense. Red Dragon was the superior adaptation and superior film overall.

  • March 22, 2012, 6:52 p.m. CST

    But anyway

    by JonJonB9

    The premise has potential, but writing and casting will be everything. And I agree that HBO (or another cable network) would probably see this project better served.

  • March 22, 2012, 6:55 p.m. CST

    I feel in the minority as well.

    by Kavalier

    I actually prefer Red Dragon quite a bit more than Manhunter. Even if you don't agree with me, at least admit that Red Dragon is better than Hannibal (the movie, not the show), because that's just a fact!

  • March 22, 2012, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Anthony Stewart Head will be cast as Hannibal.

    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

    He is already within the NBC talentpool, and if you want to see the actor as a killer, go and watch Repo: The Genetic Opera.

  • March 22, 2012, 7:12 p.m. CST

    This has so much potential that it wil most likely not meet.

    by Randy

    Seriously, imagine a series about a cop hunting down serial killers with the help of a serial killer that he doesn't even know is one. I could see episodes with them catching a guy, and then it cuts Lector doing some sick shit to someone. The clues are everywhere, but Will just never puts them together.

  • March 22, 2012, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Manhunter was really, really 1980s

    by Mugato5150

    I love Michael Mann but damn that movie was dated. And not because it was made in 1986. Lethal Weapon and Die Hard were cop movies in 1987 and '88 and aren't nearly as dated. I don't know if it's the synth music or the acting style or the camera work but it looked like a 2 hour Miami Vice (also Mann) episode. Mann of course redeemed himself in the crime genre with Heat and Collateral. Brian Cox was a terrible Lecter too though. The kid in this picture looks like he couldn't man hunt a 300 pound Wal*Mart shoplifter trying to smuggle a turkey in her pants.

  • March 22, 2012, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Red Dragon lacking it's own style is what killed it.

    by Randy

    Ratner has no voice, he's just a very by the books filmmaker, he tries to just copy what Demme did before and better. At least with Manhunter, that film stands on it's own as a stylish Michael Mann film.You can't put it in with the other films made in the series. Red Dragon is a good movie, but I think it suffers from feeling to familiar by the end. Let's just say, a little Edward Norton went a long way for that film.

  • March 22, 2012, 7:26 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    You are witness to a great becoming. Those of you who would choose RED DRAGON are nothing more than ants in the afterbirth.

  • March 22, 2012, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Tim Roth will be Lector.

    by zol

    They have been threatening that since 2001.

  • March 22, 2012, 7:37 p.m. CST


    by MaxCalifornia.

    You know what? Peterson and Cox are both doing network shows next season. I'd much rather they get those two to reprise their Manhunter roles and have the ageing Graham having to come out of retirement again to deal with "Lecktor". OK, pair Peterson with a Younger, Sexier Partner (TM) if you have to, but goddamit, those two going head to head again would be fantastic. Dream much, Will?

  • March 22, 2012, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Bring Back Brian Cox For The Hannibal Role!

    by IAmTommyWiseau

    I have nothing more to add.

  • I recall that I found it, and Don Johnson's performance, to be really good.

  • March 22, 2012, 7:51 p.m. CST

    I liked both Manhunter and Red Dragon

    by lochkray

    I know Ratner gets a lot of hate (and his pre-oscar stupid comments has only made that worse), some deserved, but I personally really liked Red Dragon, and prefer it over Manhunter. I do agree with comments about the Graham character not being effectively fleshed out, but I blame that on Norton - I don't hate the actor, but I didn't care for him in the role. Finnes' Tooth-fairy was done well, his relationship with the blind coworker was effective. I just find Norton too cocky to show off Graham's emotional weaknesses. I also can't take the man as a protagonist after seeing him shoot Donald Sutherland in The Italian Job. Nobody that shoots Donald Sutherland should ever be allowed to be the hero.

  • March 22, 2012, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Tom Hiddleston as Lecter

    by Toe Jam

    I imagine he wouldn't be interested in the role, though. Hugh Dancy is married to Claire Danes. Lucky bastard.

  • March 22, 2012, 7:53 p.m. CST

    If I was casting Lecter....

    by kenjinattix

    I'd cast Michael Sheen. British. Instense. Great actor. Has worked on NBC(30 Rock) before. It might be hard to get him to do a regular series.

  • March 22, 2012, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Ed Norton helps Ratner make his best film by a mile!

    by AnarchyWorldsEnd

    You know Ed was putting in a lot of behind the scenes work on that film. Ratner didn't have such a competent thriller in him... And yeah... Red Dragon>Manhunter

  • March 22, 2012, 8:18 p.m. CST

    One thing that stands out as being less silly about Manhunter

    by Mugato5150

    was the sterile psyche ward they kept Hannibal in. The medieval dungeon made of rock in Silence and Red Dragon was just over the top and goofy. And of course they shoehorned Lecter into Red Dragon a little much, which I understand but still. If they wanted more Anthony Hopkins there should have been a longer backstory scene before he was caught.

  • March 22, 2012, 8:28 p.m. CST

    I liked Hannibal as well

    by Mugato5150

    but the book was fucking absurd. Hannibal and Clarice kill Ray Liotta together and then become lovers. I don't blame Jodie Foster for backing out then apparently lost interest even after they changed the script.

  • March 22, 2012, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Could this actually end up being good?

    by gotilk

    Fuller is great. I'm certainly giving it a shot.

  • March 22, 2012, 8:47 p.m. CST

    I'd rather watch Manhunter every week.

    by Yelsaeb

    That is all.

  • March 22, 2012, 8:49 p.m. CST

    A European in his forties.

    by Hercules

    Not Tim Roth.

  • March 22, 2012, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Cox was 39. Hopkins was 53.

    by Hercules

  • That is bad filmmaking? really? It's one of my favourite Lecter moments in all of the movies. You're allowed to like both Red Dragon and Manhunter. It's not out of the realm of possibility and you won't get kicked out of some club.

  • March 22, 2012, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Is that what you want?

    by JonJonB9

    ...or hints to who they've cast?

  • March 22, 2012, 9:09 p.m. CST

    John Hannah

    by JonJonB9

    an offbeat but potentially interesting choice, if he could change up his accent, something I don't think I've ever seen him do now that I think of it.

  • March 22, 2012, 9:14 p.m. CST

    I especially enjoyed Brian Cox as Lecter

    by Blanket-Man

    Are we still using that joke around here?

  • March 22, 2012, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Cox was only 39??

    by gotilk

    Jeeze, that man did not age gracefully. 40 may be the new 30, but not back then.

  • March 22, 2012, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Manhunter is a great film, and that most certainly is a fact.

    by ravinica1

  • Mini-series, maybe.

  • March 22, 2012, 9:20 p.m. CST

    in minority too?

    by sportsguy88

    Don't understand the hate for Red Dragon. Great movie! Ted Tally wrote screenplay. Well acted by all parties. *shrugs

  • March 22, 2012, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Silence of the Lambs was not a fucking sequel

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    Do you know what sequel means?

  • March 22, 2012, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Asperger's Guy from Adam? Really...?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • March 22, 2012, 9:31 p.m. CST

    thunderbolt ross

    by JonJonB9

    The novel was. I guess that's what he was referring to.

  • he looks 'right' for the part...nice casting

  • March 22, 2012, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Just one Brian Cox joke so far?

    by Lord Haw Haw

    Did I miss a memo? Anyway, count me in with those that think "Red Dragon" was a solid flick. My only major beef--aside from Lecter's capture-- was the extra scenes containing Anthony Hopkins, which only served to dilute the character of Lector as a whole. In this case, less would certainly have been more. The one significant story element "Manhunter" completely failed to utilize was Dolarhyde's relationship with his grandmother; "Red Dragon" didn't explore this as much as I would have liked, but it was certainly there. Shame, really, because I thought it was one of the most interesting parts of the book.

  • March 22, 2012, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Soo.. has anyone here ever SEEN RED DRAGON?

    by Monroville

    I can understand not liking MANHUNTER, as it is very '80's. Buuuut it does have a unique style, and the acting is more than competent. RED DRAGON on the other hand? Decent if not typical look for the time (I would say it is less dated, but other than being well-lit, it doesn't really "have" a style), but the acting (specifically from Norton) stinks. Jesus Christ is Norton boring. Or worse, he just comes across as just not really caring to put anything into the character. If you like it, fine. For me, there is nothing to really distinguish it from anything else. There is no real reason for it to exist other than to cash in on the tail end of SILENCE OF THE LAMBS.

  • It's not, the villain isn't even half as intelligent as the he's supposed to be in the book and looks more like Frankenstein than the near model of physical acceptance he works hard to become in the book and in Ratners more accurate film. The ridiculous shoot out at the end of Manhunter is so A-typical of 80's tv movies too, its nothing like the clever ending they got done right in Ratners version which is the book. Literally, most fanboys don't read, they just celebrate stuff they enjoyed as a kid and stick it on a pedestal! Manhunter is a classic case of style over content!

  • March 22, 2012, 10:25 p.m. CST

    danny huston as brian cox as hannibal lector.

    by vulturess

  • But Brian Cox was the superior Hannibal Lektor, that's all I still give Manhunter, the film is so dated and utterly dumbed down for a TV audience.

  • March 22, 2012, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Casting Lecter is crucial.

    by JRcanReid

    Needs to be someone with the smokey magnetism that Ian Holm brought to the role.

  • March 22, 2012, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Red Dragon was a good film that should have been great.

    by Queefer Sutherland

    With the acting talent, and the screenplay, you'd think some magic would have happened, but with Ratner at the helm, it was merely competent. A better director would have ramped up the intensity and gotten more out of actors, especially Norton, who just didn't convince me in this one. Especially the scenes where he's "profiling" by talking aloud to the criminal, "getting into his head" and all that stuff. That was just plain uninspired acting and directing. Those should have been tense scenes, really serious shit, and instead it was limply acted and directed. I'm a great Hopkins fan, but even I'm tired of his Hannibal Lecter tricks. So Red Dragon just kind of laid back let itself get fucked, instead of doing some fucking back. I blame Ratner. There's a reason there's so much Ratner-bashing, and it's because he's at best a competent director, but never a great one, and Red Dragon deserved a great director. You gotta wonder about the politics in Hollywood, how somebody could actually make the decision to hand a jewel to a turd. Manhunter isn't any better. It's so woefully dated now, it isn't even funny. Cox is good, his performance is timeless, but the rest of the movie is pretty silly. And that soundtrack! Fucking God! Release a director's cut of this film with an updated soundtrack and I might be able to enjoy it more. Otherwise, better watched without sound. You've heard the truth here, folks. You can disagree with me, but you will be wrong.

  • March 22, 2012, 11:02 p.m. CST


    by Queefer Sutherland

    It would be nice if they could get somebody high profile who can eat this role up (ha ha) and spit it out. Get it some attention and do it right. I'll believe it when I see it. I haven't seen anything in Fuller's work that makes me think he's a good match. I think the best thing he's ever done is Dead Like Me and the rest is eh. And now he's also doing the Munsters, and wants to go back to Star Trek. Too bad he doesn't like Babylon 5. I'd rather see that redone. Whatever, I don't fucking care. I don't even know why I'm spending time here. I've got other things to do, for God's sake.

  • March 22, 2012, 11:26 p.m. CST

    Oh, and saying he wrote the best Heroes episode

    by Queefer Sutherland

    is like saying you picked the best booger. It's still a booger. Heroes was perhaps one of the most disappointing shows EVER! That's pure, white-hot truth.

  • March 22, 2012, 11:33 p.m. CST

    God Dammit . . . Where the last book where Graham fucks lecter

    by Mundungus

    And fuck that behind the mask bullshit too.

  • March 22, 2012, 11:47 p.m. CST

    Dexor, get that gut tobbr lawctor

    by FreeBeer

  • March 23, 2012, 12:37 a.m. CST

    Ugh, this project reeks of producer greed

    by gaygoonie

    The De Laurentiis's, or however you spell their name, made Manhunter. When it bombed, they wanted nothing to do with its follow-up, Silence of the Lambs. Then, when that hits, they come crawling back to the franchise and have milked it for every fucking penny with Hannibal, Red Dragon and that shitty prequel movie. Now, a TV series. Ugh, they are cheesy and greedy rights holders.

  • March 23, 2012, 1:11 a.m. CST

    Where the fuck are his ear lobes?

    by Raptor Jesus

    Did Hannibal eat them?

  • March 23, 2012, 3:20 a.m. CST

    A Bryan Fuller series?

    by themikejonas

    Might as well call it a mini-series.

  • March 23, 2012, 3:52 a.m. CST

    fiennes & 'the blind girl'

    by mossad77

    were the *only* good things about the remake. Manhunter was not, and can not be beat.

  • March 23, 2012, 5:42 a.m. CST

    Dancy was brilliant in Rwanda drama Shooting Dogs

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    Good actor. Glad to see him get a juicy role.

  • Yeah there had been a couple serial killer/thrillers films out there..but nothing like the glut we got in the 90's. So if someone seeing the movie way way after the fact they might not have the same enthusiasm as someone that seen it earlier on. I still love the film..I admit in some ways it is dated. I still think William Peterson was clearly a better Will Graham than Edward Norton, I just didnt get the sense of the somewhat tortured mentally beaten man that Graham should be at all out of Norton. I also prefer that Graham had less help from Lector. I do understand to a degree why they shoe-horned Lector more in Red Dragon. I did find some good stuff about Tooth Fairy performances tho. There are other things I liked about Red Dragon too but I rather watch Manhunter..hence its the only one I own on VHS and two copies on DVD lol!

  • March 23, 2012, 5:47 a.m. CST

    Herc, your taste in movies never seizes to please me!

    by wtriker1701

    MANHUNTER is 80's, stylish, might have aged not well to the younger audience - but Hell, it's just the BEST of all movies. Michael Mann's masterpiece before HEAT. Though I must say, I've seen HANNIBAL when it came out - and I couldn't talk afterwards for almost an hour, just speechless. And that doesn't mean, that movie was disgusting, horrible, nor boring... I still think, it's more of a painting, a piece of art than a movie. I've just seen it a second time lately, though I had sworn years ago, I would NEVER watch it again. Because it was very intense, not bad. SILENCE OF THE LAMPS had great actors (especially Jodie Foster!), but it felt more like a TV movie - not a cinematic experience. RED DRAGON was just boring. And I would have wanted to see a movie, where Hannibal gets busted by Will Graham ultimately. Ta Taa H.

  • March 23, 2012, 5:47 a.m. CST

    Red Dragon was dogshit

    by alan_poon

    Norton phoned it in. The direction was pedestrian. If you think it's a better fillum than Manhunter good luck to you but don't expect to be taken seriously anytime soon.

  • and the thing that sticks to me the most is the wheelchair scene. I just find the Red Dragon one a little boring compared to Manhunters.

  • March 23, 2012, 6:28 a.m. CST

    Twasn't a sequel

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    There's no through line except Lecter appears in both but in Red Dragon he's not a big part of the story. It's not like Silence of the Lambs picked up where Red Dragon left off ... They're discrete stories.

  • March 23, 2012, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Manhunter - One of the best movies of the 80's

    by masteryoda007

    Dante Spinotti you are legend.

  • March 23, 2012, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Michael Mann's Masterpiece before HEAT

    by Himbo

    was LAST OF THE MOHICANS. Great movie. I enjoyed both MANHUNTER and RED DRAGON. But thanks alot you jerks for reminding me that HANNIBAL existed. I had surpressed that turd. Now another floater has come back up. Damn, but that was a bad movie.

  • March 23, 2012, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Nathan Lane as Lecter. I called it first.

    by i_got_worms

  • March 23, 2012, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Rhys Ifans maybe?

    by alan_poon

  • March 23, 2012, 9:34 a.m. CST

    No! Stop the madness!

    by TheSplinter

    We don't need this. Leave the stories, the movies, and the books alone. Come up with original material people. Oh wait, there are no original ideas anymore. Nevermind.

  • March 23, 2012, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Neither Red Dragon nor Manhunter got it right IMO


    Red Dragon was a tremendous novel...just as good as Lambs, if not BETTER! I remember finishing the novel the night WPIX premiered Manhunter (in fact, they retitled it Red Dragon for the television premiere) and being disapointed in many areas (Dolarhyde NOT a hulk...lack of backstory on FD including his relationship to the painting...the burning house & headless gas station attendant, and of course, the great showdown in the sand dunes at the end). HOWEVER, it did have a GREAT tone to it despite the heavy sheen of thick 80s gloss. Graham's crime scene examinations and, more specifically, the scene where he puts it all together and realizes that the video tapes are the key are done especially well in this film and trump ANY scene in Ratner's film. As for Red Dragon (Ratner), yes...this film seemed to stick to many of the plot points and details of the novel (not all, but more than Manhunter) is simply didn't do a good job of making me care about ANYONE in the film. It seemed emotionless. The best performance in the film comes from Emily Watson, hands down. Unfortunately, she only has about 15 minutes of screen time. Ralph Fiennes does an average job here and is a believable force to be reckoned with, yadda yadda yadda, but Tom Noonan's Dolarhyde is wonderfully creepy. This film is also an enigma as it seems to speed through some of the most interested parts and drag during other, less pivotal moments. There's no flow to it. Lastly, although I prefer Anthony Hopkin's Lecter to Brian Cox...that only rings true of AH's portrayal in Lambs and Hannibal. His dialogue tries too hard here (as it does a bit in Hannibal) but in this case I feel AH is simply pulling a (more recent) Pacino and phoning it in for the check. All in all...I prefer Michael Mann's version. But I don't think the novel has been done justice on film yet. Perhaps in another 20 years, if reboots are still all the rage (sadly, this will probably be the case) someone will go back and stay true to the source material and infuse some of emotion and style Mann achieves. By then, BC and AH should be retired or RETIRED and there will be no need to revisit the "mine is better than yours" arguement.

  • March 23, 2012, 9:44 a.m. CST

    I heard Terry O'Quinn was rumored

    by cekma

    but then took a pilot. Would have been perfect.

  • Red Dragon is a good movie, but it's not great because it's director just lacks any punch to make it standout. I'll take Mann's style over substance anytime, because Mann's style>Ratner's substance. and Red Dragon wasn't a very deep film, it was just a decent thriller. Neither film touches Silence of the Lambs, Demme was a very inspired choice and it paid off big time.

  • for a thriller.

  • March 23, 2012, 10:10 a.m. CST

    i remember liking manhunter..but i havent seen it in years.

    by FleshMachine

    i'll check it out was very michael mann as i recall,

  • The cartoonish reporter and the awful 80's rock song over the end credits. I still think Peterson, the villain, the depiction of the crimes, and way the investigation unfolds make it an absolutely terrific film.

  • March 23, 2012, 11:39 a.m. CST

    MANHUNTER is flawed, but it is marbled with greatness.

    by Robert Evans

    The Dolarhyde-blind chick love story was too rushed, and Mann was clearly in TV mode in some parts, but it looks great, Peterson is firing on all cylinders, and Cox is fucking phenomenal (although I still prefer Hopkins in SILENCE). RED DRAGON isn't bad, but it is pure mediocrity. Ratner was just doing a pale impression of Demme. Add in a charisma-less Will Graham and Danny Elfman exploding all over the place, and you're left with filler.

  • ...but in Red Dragon he's not a big part of the story." Not quite. Both Graham and Starling are sent to talk to Lecter by their boss at Quantico, Jack Crawford (played by Dennis Farino ('Manhunter'), Harvey Keitel ('Red Dragon') and Scott Glenn ('Lambs'). The character appears in all of Harris's Lecter-related novels. Also, Will Graham's experiences with Lecter get mentioned to Starling in 'Lambs'. She's chosen by Crawford precisely because she's **not** as experienced as Graham, as Crawford knows that Lecter will see through his plan to use the prisoner's knowledge of serial murder. If 'Lambs' isn't a sequel to the earlier story, then 'Patriot Games' isn't a prequel (novel) / sequel (movie) to 'The Hunt for Red October' because Jack Ryan didn't play a particularly big part in the latter.

  • March 23, 2012, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Manhunter>Red Dragon

    by Patrick Pettay

    1. Manhunter vs. Red Dragon. Manhunter was devloped as a stand alone movie about an FBI Profiler working to catch a serial killer. Red Dragon was just another excuse to get Anthony Hopkins back in the cell as Lecter, which by now has to be labeled as a blatant cash grab by the studio. 2. Petersen vs. Norton as Graham. Petersen gets the angst that Graham must feel using his gift to think like a serial killer and fearing for his own sanity in the process. Petersen plays the role like a nervous wreck. That is best expressed during his visit to visit Lecter's cell. Graham's desperately trying to keep calm in front of Lecter who constantly observing and proding him with questions, trying to read him. By the time Lecter finally ask's "Do you dream much Will?" Graham has to get out of there desperate for fresh air. Petersen played the character like you could smell the sweat on him. Norton, not so much. 3. Cox vs. Hopkins as Lecter. I will not say Cox is better than Hopkins as Lecter. Hopkins made that role his with Silence of the Lambs and it will always be his, even if he has gone back to the well several times now. But Cox does a solid job here, the phone call scene alone is just as cool as Lecters escape in Lambs. Also remember Lecter is a minor character in Manhunter, maybe 15 minutes of screen time, not a co-lead like Red Dragon. 4. Noonan vs. Fiennes as Dollarhyde. Noonan was way creepier and more physically imposing as the Tooth Fairy. Let's face it which guy would you rather catch in your house in the middle of the night. 5. Steven Lang vs Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Loundes. Lang plays the asshole role here perfectly. Hoffman was a little laconic in the role so he never really generated the audience hate for the character. 6. Memorable scenes: Does Red Dragon have any uniquely memorable scenes that you remember the second you think back on the film, I can't think of any. Manhunter has the Lecter phone call, the FBI tech's finding the Tooth Fairy's message to Lecter on the toilet paper role (a precurser to all the CSI type shows to come) and of course the Graham/Dollarhyde final conflict with "In A Gadda Da Vita" blasting in the soundtrack. Manhunter was awesome. Red Dragon was a poor copy just to squeeze a few more dollars out of the Hannibal Lecter franchise.

  • March 23, 2012, 12:37 p.m. CST


    by Gregorso

    Hey, what a concept! A hunter of serial killers who, unbeknownst to the cops he helps, is himself a serial killer! They could run it on Showtime and ...oh, that's right...done that. (Glad nobody's mentioned "Hannibal Rising".)

  • March 23, 2012, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Hannibal book was awful....

    by ZodNotGod

    Clarice and Hannibal become lovers, he digs up her father's corpse for some stupid reason and they become killers together....awful tripe.

  • March 23, 2012, 12:55 p.m. CST

    The Ridley movie wasn't bad that is.

    by ZodNotGod

  • March 23, 2012, 1 p.m. CST

    All I know is Ian Holm was AMAZING as Lecter in Manhunter!

    by Dogmatic

  • March 23, 2012, 1:46 p.m. CST

    The best part of Red Dragon

    by King_Ink

    Was when the blind chick fondled the tiger's sack. I followed blind chicks around for weeks after that, growling at them and waiting for them to cop a feel... instead of calling a cop!

  • March 23, 2012, 1:53 p.m. CST

    “Company Man” was bloody brillant

    by AsimovLives

    we are in good hands, then.

  • All Ratner need to do was to not get in the way and for the most part he did just that.

  • March 23, 2012, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Damien Lewis for Lector

    by Drath

    Just my choice.

  • March 23, 2012, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Talk about a played-out fucking franchise

    by Jaster Mareel

    Didn't that prequel movie hammer the last nail on Hannibal Lector?

  • March 23, 2012, 3:30 p.m. CST

    re: "A European in his forties."

    by jim

    Ewan McGregor? Not likely Javier Bardem? Probably not James Frain? He seems to have a lot going on right now Jared Harris? I could see that, but he's beyond his forties

  • March 23, 2012, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Jason Isaacs for Lector

    by R.S

  • March 23, 2012, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Hannibal Lecter? Eddie Marsan.

    by palimpsest

    That's who you hire. Eddie Marsan.

  • March 23, 2012, 4:25 p.m. CST

    A European in his 40s?

    by Robert Evans

    I nominate asimovlives.

  • March 23, 2012, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Why is something being "dated" a bad thing again?...

    by AnakinsDiapers

    ..please explain.<p> Manhunters a great film, regardless of it obviously being an 80's movie. I mean, it WAS made in the 80's wasn't it?<p> Superman: the movie was made in the late 70's and it showed. I definately don't need a directors cut released that cuts out the "Say Jim, woooo!, that's a bad outfit. Woooo!" Doesn't negate that movies awesome.

  • March 23, 2012, 5:05 p.m. CST

    as I attempted to explain, anakinsdiapers

    by Mugato5150

    There's a movie that was made in the 80s and a movie that is fucking dated to the 80s. If you don't get it, nevermind.

  • March 23, 2012, 5:40 p.m. CST

    i get it mugato...

    by AnakinsDiapers

    ..i just don't think it's a valid criticism. See my Superman reference, or the fact that most movies made from every era IS dated. Take a look at most movies from the 50's just to throw a random stone. They're dated, and there's nothing wrong with that.<p> Hell, everything about OT Star Trek is dated...extremely. So what?

  • March 23, 2012, 6:07 p.m. CST

    One more time

    by Mugato5150

    Lethal Weapon, Die Hard. 1987, 1988. Same genre, same basic time of production. Technology used in the movie (computers, phones) aside, neither looks dated. Manhunter looks and sounds like a Miami Vice episode from 1985.

  • March 23, 2012, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Why I like Brian Cox's interpretation of Hannibal Lecter.

    by ChaunceyGardiner

    First off, I have to say that I was a child when "Silence of The Lambs" came out. It was on a tape my cousins had; as was their family custom, they used to record the movies they rented and so each tape, recorded in EP mode, had 3 movies each on them, leading to a strange disparity of what films you could watch on any one tape. The 90s remake of "Lord of the Flies" was the picture before "Silence of the Lambs" and after watching and surviveing "Lord of the Flies" at a young age, when those great titles over Starling's run in the FBI training field in the Virginia forrests began and I heard that score, I was immediately on edge despite haveing no idea what "Silence of the Lambs" was. My cousin immediately stopped the tape and said, "You can't watch that one, it's too much." I was intrigued. What could be more horrifying than Piggy's head being cracked open by a stone? It would take me years to figure out what exactly my cousin meant. I didn't see "Manhunter" until it coincided with my love for the books "Silence of the Lambs" and "Red Dragon" and my early college fascination with just how awesome Michael Mann films were; it also helped that I was going to school in Atlanta and found out that several prominent buildings I frequented and loved the architecture of were also places that Michael Mann fell in love with - noteable among them are the downtown Marriot, the world's tallest atrium whose structure is fascinateing in that it is a hollowed out design where the rooms are on the perimeter of the building and not the centre which is open all the way to the top of the building where plants drape down from the top floor from planters and rooftop refigeration units control the humidity that collects up there because of the fact that without them the building creates its own internal atmosphere: ie, indoor weather. The design beautifully resembles a thorasic cavity, a ribcage over 40 stories tall, each floor resembleing a ribbone that radiates from the central elevator shaft (this anatomical design feature is seen in "Manhunter"). My friends and I used to walk downtown just to ride the elevator there and enjoy the uniqueness of that great building - almost no building I know of creates quite the same sense of vertigo; to the best of my knowledge they ask permission of their guests before placeing them on the top floor. The express elevator is like a 40-story vertical rollercoaster. The other Atlanta landmark is the High Museum of Art whose adobe-like exterior staggered-cube design and green slopeing lawn double as Lecter's asylum. Also featured is the High's vast winding ramped internal walkway that encircles the main lobby and provides access to the three or four stories of the museum, which uses a gradual incline instead of stairs, a screw design, to get one from one floor to the next. Petersen's Graham is seen fleeing down it after a maddening encounter with Lecter. Knowing these things about "Manhunter," I had an inherent sense that this was a film I would like. I bought it online without seeing it, and was blown away - I love the tension of the date scene with the sedated Siberian tiger (Joan Allen really is a beautifully sensual actress). Now, while Tony Hopkins will always be Dr. Lecter for me, I love the contrast that Cox's performance provides. Cox's is almost a method-style interpretation, from inside-out. No longer a professional all we see is a supposedly slovenly exterior. It is all a quail manuever - when Cox's Lecter uses the gum wrapper to make a long-distance call to alert Graham's prey, it comes as a horrifying moment in which we realize the genious that lurks inside this man we have not previously considered as dangerous, despite knowledge of his crimes. Thinking him neutered in his prison cell, he reveals himself as a frighteningly powerful nemisis. And Cox plays it nonchalantly, lazily, as if it is just another trick in the bag. At this moment, we feel as though his Dr. Lecter is only in prison because he allows himself to be there. He betrays Graham as if it were a spot of fun, somethign one would do while bored. An awesome character moment - instead of the grandiosity of Hopkins' Lecter, we get the complete antithesis of that performance. It doesn't lessen its quality. In fact, it makes Mann's vision of Lecter's world unique in the many versions there have been of that violent and terrifying literary icon. So while I find Hopkins' performance and interpretation more closely fitting the book, and also the most definative, I also value Cox's early contribution.

  • March 23, 2012, 7:30 p.m. CST

    appearing dated

    by Truxton Spangler

    is a valid criticism, when it's striking enough to draw attention or detract from the other elements of the work. Being emblematic of the times in which it was made isn't always a bad thing, but that doesn't mean it can't be a negative either. Solid 13 ep. order? NBC better hope it doesn't turn out like The Firm.

  • March 23, 2012, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Red Dragon ending

    by Flippadippa

    Yeah, let's take the testimony of a blind woman that the second most famous serial killer in American history killed him,self and his body was incinerated in a fire. Case closed. Yeah, right... Norton - good actor, all wrong for Will Graham. Petersen owned that role. Cox - understated and better superior as Lector. Ratner tried to move into Mann's league - used Spinotti, ripped off Manhunter up the wazoo and still made a middle of the road flick.

  • March 24, 2012, 12:55 a.m. CST

    He looks like the poor mans

    by Phategod2

    Skeet Ulrich, who in turn is the poor mans Johnny Depp.

  • March 24, 2012, 2:17 a.m. CST


    by JonJonB9

    I liked my choice of John Hannah but goddamn I think yours trumps mine. Isaacs is an amazing actor and I don't see Awake getting a second season.

  • March 24, 2012, 10:11 a.m. CST

    6 episodes then cancelled...

    by Turd Furgeson

    This kinda show doesnt work on network TV.. Put this on AMC or FX and we could have something EPIC. NBC will make it too candy corn...

  • March 24, 2012, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Lecter is a supporting character in Red Dragon

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    He's hardly in it. In SOTL he's a huge part of the story. He actually PARTICIPATES in the narrative as opposed to just helping it to move along as in Red Dragon. SOTL is about Lecter, to a degree. Red Dragon isn't. Just because there are references to the earlier book doesn't make it a sequel. OBVIOUSLY they are connected. It would have been pretty odd to not acknowledge Red Dragon but at the same time they are two separate stories.

  • March 27, 2012, 12:04 a.m. CST

    Hopkins Is The Only Lecter

    by ChiTownsBest

    Cox was all wrong for the role. Mahunter is a good movie, but not great. The changes to the novel were unnecessary and the ending was very Miami Vice style. The ending even had the slow motion gunshots exactly like a Miami Vice shootout. It actually took the movie down a notch for me. The best thing about Manhunter is the beautiful cinematography by Dante Spinotti and the excellent perfomance by William Peterson. William Peterson was a great Will Graham. Red Dragon is exactly the opposite for me. Hopkins is the ultimate Dr. Lecter. You can always tell there is more going on behind those eyes then he lets you know. Edward Norton is a terrible Will Graham. He never seems like a match for Lecter. In fact, it almost seems like pure luck that he caught him at all. Will Graham should be a match for Lecter in every way, and Norton didn't convey this at all. The main issue I had with Red Dragon was that it was highly faithful to the book, except when it came to Lecter. Lecter is a minor character in the book who causes some major problems. There is nothing wrong with adding more of Lecter, it's just the way the added him that's a problem. The entire scene where Will talks to Lecter while he walks in a circle in chains is so stupid it took me out of the movie. It's too bad we can't go back in time and have William Peterson facing Anthony Hopkins before Silence ever existed. They both gave the definitive performance for their characters.

  • March 27, 2012, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Tim Pigott-Smith Is Perfect

    by PoppaRotzi

    He played creeeeeeeepy Creedy in "V For Vendetta"....scary looking dude!