NBC snags Hannibal Lecter series from 'Pushing Daisies' creator Bryan Fuller

silence-of-the-lambs.jpgHannibal Lecter could be coming to television, thanks to NBC.

The network has bought the rights to a show about Hannibal Lecter, the notorious serial killer/cannibal from Thomas Harris' novels, which have been turned into several films ( Anthony Hopkins gave the most memorable portrayal of Lecter in "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Hannibal"). "Pushing Daisies" creator Bryan Fuller is writing the script, and if NBC likes it, it will skip the pilot process and go straight to a series order, Deadline reports.

Earlier reports said the show will focus on Lecter's relationship with FBI profiler Will Graham. If that's still the case, it sounds as if the primary source material will be Harris' novel "Red Dragon," which has already been the subject of two movies: "Red Dragon" from 2002 and "Manhunter" from 1986.

But because Fuller's name is attached to the project, we can't help but envision a show in which Hannibal runs a pie shop and has the power to re-animate the dead with his touch, which he does in helping Will Graham solve murders, in exchange for Will looking the other way when Hannibal bakes the victims into his pies, Sweeney Todd-style.

We're pretty certain that's not how the show will turn out, but we can daydream.

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