This post contains spoilers and news about the NBC TV show, Hannibal. Newest items at the top.
July 15, 2014: Zap2it
From a Zap2it article:
At the 2014 summer TV press tour, Laurence Fishburne confirmed that he will be reprising his role as Jack Crawford the NBC cult hit, in addition to filming his new ABC show “Black-ish.”
“I’m not going to do a full season of ‘Hannibal’ this year, and I’m not going to do a full season of ‘Black-ish,’ which will keep me free enough for both, to have fun and to contribute as best I can,” Fishburne says.
July 8, 2014: Digital Spy
From a Digital Spy interview with Bryan Fuller:
How is the structure of season three shaping up?
“We’re going to do something similar to what we did last season, where we break it into two chapters – one seven-episode chapter and one six-episode chapter. We’ve broken out that first chapter in broad strokes, and now we’re going through and doing the outlines, and we’re right in the middle of episode four.”
What state of mind is Will in going into season three?
“So much of the second chapter of this past season was Will rocketing toward his own doom, and willingly approaching that target, which has a sadness and a dread to it, at the same time as an inevitability. So much of what we’re doing in the third season, in the first three or four episodes certainly, is really exploring: what is Will Graham’s state? “Every season has various horror homages to it, in terms of production and also thematically, and season three has a Universal Monster sort of flair, because Will Graham is essentially Frankenstein’s monster. He died, for all intents and purposes, in the finale. He was gutted, and stitched back together as a new man. And who that man is will be a great part of the first part of season three.”
Is there still any prospect of David Bowie guest starring as Hannibal’s uncle?
“We’re going to keep trying, every season! Fortunately for us as great appreciators of his music, he is so active in that realm right now that that’s really taking up a lot of his schedule. Once we have all of our dates set up, we’re going to re-approach and see if there’s any opportunity with Mr Bowie, but I just know that he has got a very full plate with his music. “We will be trying to work out a way for him to be on the show, for as long as the show is being produced.”
And ditto David Tennant?
“Yes, we had talked about David being a guest star in season two, and once again it’s a schedule issue. He was filming the American Broadchurch for our dates in season two, and he’s also a very busy man, so it’s about finding that window. “I love David Tennant, I think he’s a wonderful talent and I’ve been dying to work with him for many years now, so one way or another it’s going to happen.”
There are famously certain characters from Thomas Harris’s books that you don’t have the rights to – how exactly does that aspect work?
“We don’t have the rights to any character that originated in Silence of the Lambs. It’s interesting how this breaks down: DeLaurentis and Gaumont [the studio behind Fuller's Hannibal] owns any character that originated in the book Red Dragon, MGM owns any character that originated in the book Silence of the Lambs, and I believe that Thomas Harris has the rights for all the other characters that originated in the other books. “So for instance, we paid a character fee per episode when we had Margot and Mason Verger, and we’ll be doing something very similar next season with Lady Murasaki, and some other characters that are going to be very exciting to play with.”
And there’s no prospect of paying a similar character fee for Clarice Starling, because MGM aren’t willing to rent that character out?
“Well, we tried to get Benjamin Raspail and Jame Gumb in the first season, so that we could tell that story and set up Silence of the Lambs. We tried to work out all manner of deals with MGM, like, ‘We’ll give you access to use the Hannibal Lecter character in your Silence of the Lambs spinoff show that you’re developing, if you give us, or let us rent, Gumb and Raspail.
June 29, 2014: Shock Till You Drop
From a Shock Till You Drop interview with Bryan Fuller:
We’ll definitely be seeing Murasaki. We’re hoping to see Mason Verger again this season. We are developing the Francis Dolarhyde story…
I wanted to ask about Mason Verger’s face in season two. Was it out of the question to do a prosthetic?
It was one of those things where with the trials of doing a television show, we were worried about the time and being able to pull it off. Also, I thought it was cool to save that for season three.
So, you do hope to show his new face?
June 28, 2014: Collider
From a Collider interview with Bryan Fuller:
Are you any closer to tracking down David Bowie and getting him on the show?
FULLER: We were told by his people, when we got the pick-up for the third season, to make sure to ask again about his availability. So, once we have our dates, we are going to ask again. I think the man walks on water, so I would love to be in his orbit, in some way.
So, do you know if anyone has actually told him that you want him on the show?
FULLER: Yeah, he knows. He’s aware. He’s very aware. But, he’s also very, very busy. He’s got lots of exciting things coming out, musically. That was the block to the second season. He’s incredibly busy.
June 24, 2014: Bryan Fuller
Bryan tweeted: “BRIAN REITZELL TELLS ME THE #HANNIBALOST WILL BE 2 VOLUMES (S1&S2) AND 4 DISCS (2 per season)! I CAN’T WAIT!!”
June 20, 2014: Bustle
From a Bustle article:
With Dr. Lecter on the run and Mason Verger out for vengeance, Season 3 of Hannibal is primed to be Fuller’s riff on the events of Harris’ third novel (also called Hannibal), with Verge hunting down the man who’s responsible for his horrific disfigurement. But Fuller has revealed that it will also incorporate some backstory from Harris’ prequel Hannibal Rising, including the introduction of Lady Murasaki, a formative figure from the cannibal’s past. And now, in an even further blurring of the novels’ timeline, the showrunner has announced that we can expect to meet a famous figure from another of Harris’ books: Francis Dolarhyde, AKA The Tooth Fairy.
June 10, 2014: Collider
From a Collider interview with Bryan Fuller:
Did you tell the actors, when you gave them the [Season 3] finale script, what their ultimate outcome would be?
FULLER: Yeah. If I know, I tell the actors because I feel in helps their performance. I’m not one of those people who wants to withhold information because I’m worried about secrets getting out. I trust Hugh [Dancy], I trust Caroline [Dhavernas], I trust Laurence [Fishburne] and I trust Mads [Mikkelsen]. They are all as protective of the show and the audience experience as I am, so there’s no reason for me to withhold anything. I also like to share. I want them to be as excited as I am, when they find out what’s happening.
It’s safe to say that Will Graham will still be around.
Will there be more locations and new sets, especially with Hannibal Lecter on the run?
FULLER: Well, we’re talking about how we’re going to produce Season 3 and one of the things that we’re very curious about is exploring shooting abroad for five or six weeks to help us see Hannibal in an environment that he’s never been in before. Right now, we have a European shoot as part of our Season 3 plan.
When do you start shooting Season 3?
FULLER: Mid-October, right now. I know what Episodes 1, 2 and 3 are, and what we’re building to. We’re going to have a couple different chapters in the season, like we did in the first season. That really helped us focus story and prevented us from treading water. So, there will be two chapters to Season 3.
You’ve said that it could be Episode 2 or 3 before the audience finds out who actually died at the hands of Hannibal Lecter. Are you talking about that because you know people are going to be anxious to find out, and you’re pre-warning them that they’ll have to wait a bit?
FULLER: Yeah, you won’t find out in the first episode, so I just want to make sure that nobody is mad when they show up and they’re like, “Wait, we didn’t see anybody but Hannibal!”
Are you going to be able to keep director David Slade around for Season 3?
FULLER: I hope so. He’s wonderful. I hope we get him for a lot in Season 3. We have to figure out his schedule to see if he can, depending on what he’s doing. He’s got a couple of movies. But I know he wants to come back, and we want him back. He’s my partner on the show.
June 3, 2014: TVLine
From Ask Ausiello:
[Bryan] Fuller promises a “very ambitious” slate of episodes that will focus on Will Graham’s quest to find and capture Dr. Lecter, a quest that will begin with Hugh Dancy’s addled profiler “getting to the roots of what makes this cannibal who he is.” Expect some plot points to be drawn from Thomas Harris’ Hannibal Rising origin story — or at least some ” impressions of who Hannibal was before [he began to interact with] any of [the show's] characters,” Fuller adds. That said, just because the sociopath is out of the bag (so to speak), don’t expect Hannibal to press pause on his extrakillricular activities. “Oh, I don’t think he worries about such things,” Fuller says, with a laugh, when asked if our titular cannibal will put away his knives now that the FBI is openly pursuing him.
May 29, 2014: Deadline
From a Deadline article:
[Bryan] Fuller exclaimed that “There is going to be a painful delay (in season 3) and you won’t find out in the first episode who survives. The first episode focuses on Dr. Bedelia du Maurier (Hannibal’s therapist played by Gillian Anderson).” As far as who survives, “It’s more like episode 2 or 3,” said Fuller.
May 28, 2014: TVLine
From a TVLine interview with Bryan Fuller:
When Will saw the FBI cars coming to arrest him, and he made that call to Hannibal and said “They know,” what was his motivation?
Bryan: Well, there are several possible reasons, and we won’t know exactly which one it was until Season 3.
What the heck is Bedelia doing on the plane? Is there any chance she’s his captive?
… the fun thing about the Season 3 opener is that we’re going to get into the specifics of exactly why Bedelia is in that [airplane] chair, how she came to be in that chair, how it was actually an intriguing, smart decision for her, as opposed to Hannibal Lecter hijacking her and kidnapping her. I think she is absolutely where she has chosen to be, and how she made that choice is the hinge of Episode 1, Season 3.
In an ideal world, will Gillian Anderson be a series regular for Season 3?
Bryan: I would love, love, love for Gillian Anderson to be a regular in Season 3, but that is all yet to be negotiated.
Is there anyone who’s definitely dead? To my eyes, Abigail had lost so much blood that she can’t possibly survive.
Bryan: Well, don’t rule Abigail out. Don’t rule out anybody for dying, and don’t rule out anybody for living.
Will is going to have all sorts of unexpected allies in Season 3, some who we’ve met, some who we’ve not met. And he probably shouldn’t trust any of them.
May 27, 2014: AwardsLine Emmy screening
From the tweet archive:
DeLaurentiisCo: So @BryanFuller says we won’t know who survives until episode 2 or 3 of S3.
DeLaurentiisCo: Francis Dollarhyde is what @BryanFuller and Hugh Dancy are looking forward to telling in S3.
May 26, 2014: Bryan Fuller
— Bryan Fuller (@BryanFuller) May 26, 2014
May 23, 2014: A.V. Club
From an A.V. Club interview with Bryan Fuller:
Where are you in the process on season three? With Hannibal and Bedelia escaping to Europe, are there any chances to film there?
We are absolutely exploring it. That was one of the things that I said was very important to me. If we have to even get a unit that shoots somewhere abroad for exteriors to help us sell the Silence On The Lam through-line of season three. So yes, our plan is right now to shoot abroad anywhere from three to five weeks to help create that world of them on the run in a different environment, in a different country and right now we’re looking at what our tax incentives are in various countries to be able to pull that off.
May 23, 2014: Yahoo! TV
From a Yahoo! TV interview with Bryan Fuller:
Right now the plan for Season 3 is a combination of the novel Hannibal and the novel Hannibal Rising, mashed up in a very specific way. But most importantly, the gamesmanship that we have seen between Will and Hannibal is now all on the up-and-up. Everything has been exposed. Everyone knows what the agenda is between those two gentlemen, in terms of the cat-and-mouse, or cat-and-cat, of it all. I think now the fun is to see Hannibal sparring with a new partner while Will Graham is trying to hunt him down with a little help from the Vergers.
The ending of Episode 12 sets up a lot of the arc for the third season, when Mason Verger [Michael Pitt] is saying that he hopes he gets the chance to repay Hannibal for all of his good therapy.
… we see four characters bleeding out at the end of the finale, and they all can’t survive. But there was this horrible feeling of these people all rocketing toward their doom, and being trapped in that gravitational pull of what Hannibal’s density has sucked them into. We had previously thought that Bedelia got away — she was the smartest person on the show, she figured Hannibal out, had the wisdom to get out of dodge while she had a chance, and then was scooped up by Jack Crawford. How she ends up on that plane will be a big part of the first episode of Season 3.
I think it would be a mistake for a character that has been as smart as Bedelia to then all of a sudden be brainwashed or seduced in a way that would put her at a disadvantage to Hannibal. I think we have to keep her as intelligent, as sophisticated, as tricky as Hannibal Lecter. In a way, Hannibal has a partner in Bedelia that is getting as much out of the companionship as Hannibal is… but for much different reasons.
There are a lot of clues in the conversation between both Bedelia and Jack Crawford and Bedelia and Will Graham in the penultimate episode that are very intentionally suggestive of her mindset, and how she might be able to navigate this situation — not only as someone who has fallen prey to Hannibal in the past, but someone who feels that she has an opportunity to outsmart him well enough to survive.
You already said that Will makes it through this to hunt down Hannibal in Season 3. You said it, so it’s true, right? What else can you tease about the others who were left bleeding at Dr. Lecter’s house?
Well there is a reinterpretation of the events in Red Dragon, which is when Will Graham discovered Hannibal Lecter, and Hannibal snuck up on him and gutted him with a linoleum knife, and then was immediately apprehended. We are departing from that — he guts Will with a linoleum knife and then gets away, so we have this fugitive arc to tell in Season 3. I think it’s safe to say that Will Graham does survive, but I think he’s the only person that it’s safe to say survives.
I actually would love to see Eddie Izzard back on the show, in flashback, because he’s got three other limbs to enjoy, and I think there’s more dinner conversation to be had.
There’s going to be quite a few new characters in Season 3 — some from the literature, and some that are new — but Will will have unexpected alliances throughout the first part of Season 3.
… we don’t have the rights to Clarice Starling! The plan is to re-approach the rights holders to Clarice after Season 3 and see if we can get that character for Season 4, but right now we cannot use her or use any character that originated in Silence of the Lambs.
May 23, 2014: TV Guide
From a TV Guide interview with Bryan Fuller:
It seemed that Will tried to warn Hannibal that Jack was coming. Had Will truly betrayed Hannibal?
On one level, it could be exactly as it appears with him calling his friend and warning him that trouble’s coming. Or it could be Will calling and telling Hannibal, “They know,” because he wants Hannibal to get out of there before Jack arrives because he’s worried about Jack’s safety. We really wanted to embrace the idea that the audience should not know at this stage what Will Graham’s intentions are because we have a few more punches to be pulled — and not pulled — in Season 3.
Abigail is still alive!
Originally, we were going to have Hannibal flying away with Abigail Hobbs. When we started talking about it, we said, “Oh, gosh, we brought Miriam back and we’re bringing Dr. Chilton back — does that seem like too much?”
[Does Will survive?]
We are staying very true to in the incident in the novel with Will and Hannibal and it’s very basic outcome.
What about the others? Will they make it as well?
It’s safe to say that not everybody survives. Everyone that’s laying their breathing could be breathing their last breaths. It doesn’t go well for all of them.
Meanwhile Hannibal escapes to France… with Dr. Du Maurier! Has she been in on this the whole time?
The answers to exactly why Bedelia Du Maurier is on a plane to France with Hannibal Lecter is all part of the first episode of Season 3, which will essentially function as a new pilot for a new series because everything’s different.
Will we be seeing much more of Bedelia next season now that Gillian Anderson’s other NBC show was canceled?
She’s a very busy lady. But if I had my druthers, she’d be a series regular in Season 3.
You said next season will be different. Does that mean you’re shifting the point of view to be more squarely about Hannibal?
Season 3 is going to be a lot of fun because it’s going to be taking a lot of disparate elements from the novel Hannibal Rising and the novel Hannibal and mashing them up together as part of the thrust of the season. It’s going to be fun to bastardize two novels into one sort of Frankenstein season. I will brace everybody right now: We’re significantly changing the Hannibal origin story from Hannibal Rising.
You originally had mapped out certain seasons to follow certain books. Is that still your plan, or have you abandoned that timeline?
The books won’t necessarily be in sequential order. We’ll be hitting elements of each of them except Silence of the Lambs in the next season. My hope is that not only do we have a completely different Hannibal Lecter story in Season 3, but we will meet some of those great characters like Francis Dolarhyde and Lady Murasaki and weave them into the world in a unique way.
Do you know when the show will be back or when you’ll go back into production?
We’re having that meeting Tuesday [May 27]. I’m hoping we start production a little later this year because we had very few weeks in the writers’ room before cameras started rolling, and it was hard to keep up. I’m hoping we have a little bit more time in the writers’ room. Because this season is so different and it is such a departure structurally from what we’ve been doing in the first two seasons, I want to make sure we’ve thought it through very well.
What parts of the structure will change the most? The setting? The case-of-the-week format?
The basic structure revolving around the FBI will be less prominent in Season 3 — at least for the first half of the season.
That doesn’t sound good for Jack’s survival! And Laurence Fishburne does recur on a new ABC sitcom.
Laurence is also a very busy man. One of the wonders of this season is: Will Alana survive and will Jack Crawford survive? Will Abigail Hobbs survive? Those are things that are going to be revealed very slowly at the beginning of Season 3.
So, when you said before that somebody doesn’t make it, you were including Abigail in that? I assumed she was already gone.
I’m speaking of everybody in that house that was dying. And it doesn’t just mean that only one person could be dead.
May 23, 2014: The Daily Beast
From a Daily Beast interview with Hugh Dancy:
We leave Will Graham and Jack Crawford both bleeding out in Hannibal’s kitchen. So… are you and Laurence Fishburne back for Season 3?
In the show, at this point we have an established tradition of people not dying when you think they’ve died, but there are only so many times you can get away with that. But the short answer is, yes, I am definitely back. And Laurence is back — per availability. He has a couple of other pots on the stove as far as other projects go, but there’s nobody on the show that doesn’t want him to come back. The show has to take on a pretty different shape at this point, I think.
Can you tease the “shape” of Season 3 a little bit?
… Brian’s said it’s a version of Hannibal on the run. What needs to be defined is how Will is pursuing him, and why. At this point, we’ve run the gamut of motivations from desire for revenge through to warped love, but I think we’ll get outside of the confines of the limited environment we’ve been in so far — namely the FBI, Hannibal’s office, and Will’s house—and hopefully get on the road a bit.
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