One of the most interesting tidbits to come from Hannibal series creator Bryan Fuller in the lead up to the third and potentially final season is his revelation that he has spoken to Jodie Foster about being part of the show.
Most likely behind the camera, Fuller in an interview said,
“I’ve asked Jodie Foster if she wanted to direct an episode, because she’s a brilliant Director. But that’s the only conversation I’ve had with Jodie Foster.”
If Fuller could work his magic and get Foster on board in some guise for a fourth season elsewhere from NBC maybe there could be life in the series yet.
Having the original Clarice Starling involved may also help convince MGM into loaning the rights to the Silence of the Lambs characters such as Benjamin Raspail, Buffalo Bill, Barnie, Senator Ruth Martin and her daughter Catherine oh and how could I forget ‘Multiple Migs’….
Given Fuller’s vision for the story so far it would be fascinating what he could with the Buffalo Bill arc with potentially 10 hours of television to play with.
We could see the descent of Jaime Gumb as he struggles with his identity, from rejections from sexual re-assignment clinics to his ill-fated relationship with Benjamin Raspail to his murderous spree as Buffalo Bill.
Visually it could be horrifically stunning as only Hannibal can be.
The second half of the third season of Hannibal will see Fuller adapt the ‘Red Dragon’ storyline and give Francis Dolarhyde aka ‘The Tooth Fairy’ his own POV in the same way Will and Hannibal have had previously.
Expect the story to be modernised and adapted to fit in with the series, but it seems the basis will remain the same with Lecter caged up and feeding scraps to Will who is now married but has been co-axed back into the hunt by Jack Crawford.
Having already seen the burning wheelchair last season for Freddie Lounds’ ‘fake’ death expect something more completely twisted in store. Are other characters safe too? Alana? Bedelia and even Jack?
Expect some more bloodshed and loss before Hannibal dines for the final time on NBC.