'Hannibal' the series gets 13-episode order from NBC

hannibal-movie-NBC.jpgFollowing the "success" of bringing "The Firm" to the small screen, NBC has decided to give a chance to "Hannibal," giving a straight-to-series order of 13 episodes for the program about everyone's favorite serial killer. It will be produced by Bryan Fuller ("Heroes," "Pushing Daisies") and Martha DeLaurentiis ("Hannibal," "Red Dragon" and "Hannibal Rising"), reports Variety.

The series will feature the characters known from Thomas Harris' novel "Red Dragon" - FBI Agent Will Graham and Dr. Hannibal Lecter, who were portrayed by Edward Norton and Anthony Hopkins, respectively, in the movie version of "Red Dragon."

The straight-to-series order means that the program will not be run through the pilot season gamut, as most shows are. This will actually be the third incarnation of Harris' "Red Dragon" novel. The original was a movie made in 1986 titled "Manhunter," which featured "CSI's" William Petersen as Agent Graham and "Deadwood's" Brian Cox as Dr. Lecter.

No indication has been given yet as to whether "Hannibal" will be a fall 2012 or a midseason 2013 premiere.

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