Hannibal Creator Explains Why The Show Couldn’t Adapt Silence Of The Lambs

Hannibal Creator Explains Why The Show Couldn’t Adapt Silence Of The Lambs
An esteemed forensic psychologist who moonlights as a cannibalistic serial killer doesn’t exactly sound like the type of character that would serve as the basis for a sprawling multimedia empire, but Thomas’ Harris most famous literary creation isn’t your average protagonist.

Hannibal Lecter first appeared on the big screen in Michael Mann’s Manhunter in 1986 with Brian Cox in the role, but it wasn’t until The Silence of the Lambs five years later that he became a cultural phenomenon thanks to Anthony Hopkins’ instantly-iconic performance. After the psychological thriller swept the board at the Academy Awards, a franchise was born, and while the two sequels suffered from the law of diminishing returns, Hopkins’ three movies still managed to earn over $830 million at the box office.

2007 prequel Hannibal Rising is better left forgotten, and is far and away the character’s worst outing, while the three-season run of
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