Back in September we told you that the talented Bryan Fuller (the creative mind behind such cult TV favorites as Dead Like Me, Wonder Falls, and Pushing Daisies) was working on a new series based on the character of Hannibal Lecter. Today brings the exciting news that NBC is interested in the project, and will be picking it up for a full 13 episodes as long as execs like Fuller’s first script. While normally skipping the pilot stage would seem like an insane gamble, as The New York Times just pointed out, NBC failed to produce a new hit show this past fall — and arguably, it was the network that needed to find one the most. Also important to remember: Fuller was a consulting producer and writer for Heroes, one of the Peacock’s most popular dramas in recent memory.
Not much is currently known about the show, other than the fact that the hour-long drama will “center on Lecter’s early days, namely his time going head-to-head with FBI agent Will Graham,” and casting is still undecided. Does anyone else think that this would be an excellent opportunity for Fuller to reunite with Heroes star Zachary Quinto? We’ve definitely seen that the guy is capable of playing a charming serial killer (in fact, Sylar makes Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal seem almost cuddly), and his recent appearances on American Horror Story have only left us wanting more. [via Slashfilm]