Review Hannibal Lecter & the Works of Thomas Harris

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    Why did the Hannibal Lecter character succeed with readers and audiences everywhere?

    And how do the books compare to the various adaptions?


     
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    Silence of the Lambs is an excellent read and the movie adaptation was spot on (including great performances by Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins). Red Dragon is also an excellent book with the movie being OK (the Anthony Hopkins version - haven't seen the other one). Hannibal was OK but pretty depressing as a book and dismal as a movie (they basically went the opposite direction for the ending). Haven't seen or read any others.
     
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    David Tennant Nearly Played Hannibal Lecter


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    Though often playing the quirky hero type in “Casanova” and “Doctor Who,” British actor David Tennant in recent years has scored acclaim for his darker turns such as the burned out detective in “Broadchurch” or the mind-controlling Kilgrave in Marvel & Netflix’s “Jessica Jones”.

    Recently he took on the role of a psychotic homeowner in Dean Devlin’s “Bad Samaritan” which opens next week, and out doing promotional rounds for the film he revealed to EW another dark role he was up for – as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in NBC’s “Hannibal” series.

    Ultimately the role in the Bryan Fuller-produced series went to Mads Mikkelsen and yielded the acclaimed three-season run of the show, but from the sounds of it Tennant did come close:

    “I met Bryan Fuller a couple of times, and we talked about it. But I think they quite wisely chose Mads Mikkelsen, I think he was a perfect choice for it, and I think he did things with that character that I wouldn’t have managed, so I think the right man got the job.”

    Tennant also added that his own switch over to more sadistic characters lately wasn’t a deliberate choice on his part:

    “Nothing’s ever deliberate with me, I’m afraid. But there is something delicious about playing people that go to really dark corners of the human experience. I’m certainly not complaining.”

    Tennant currently voices Scrooge McDuck on Disney XD’s “DuckTales,” will be seen later this year in “Mary Queen of Scots” and has one of the lead roles in the upcoming Gaiman-Pratchett mini-series adaptation “Good Omens”.
     
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    Hannibal Lecter (franchise)

    Hannibal Lecter
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    Created by Thomas Harris
    Original work Red Dragon
    Print publications
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    Films and television
    Film(s)

    Television series Hannibal (2013–15)
    The Hannibal Lecter franchise is an American media franchise that features the titular character, Hannibal Lecter, who originally appeared in a series of novels (starting with Red Dragon in 1981) by Thomas Harris. The series has since expanded into film and television.








     
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    I think Thomas Harris should write one final Lecter novel and wrap it all up for the character. The end.
     
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    The first adaptation was the 1986 film Manhunter, which was an adaptation of Red Dragon, directed by Michael Mann.

    The next adaptation was 1991's The Silence of the Lambs, which was directed by Jonathan Demme and was the first film to feature Anthony Hopkins in the role of Hannibal Lecter. Silence was a success, both critically and financially, and went on to become the third film in Academy Awards history to win in all top five categories (Best Actor for Hopkins, Best Actress for Jodie Foster, Best Director for Demme, Best Adapted Screenplay for Ted Tally, and Best Picture). Hopkins reprised the role in the next two films, 2001's Hannibal, a sequel directed by Ridley Scott, and 2002's Red Dragon, a prequel directed by Brett Ratner. In 2002, Hopkins revealed that he had written a screenplay for another sequel, ending with Clarice killing Lecter but it was not produced.[1]

    In 2007, Hannibal Rising was released. The film is a prequel, directed by Peter Webber and starring Gaspard Ulliel as Lecter.

    In 2013, the TV series Hannibal premiered. Developed by Bryan Fuller, it is not a direct adaptation, but based on characters and elements from the novels. Some male characters have become female, such as Freddy Lounds, who is renamed Fredricka "Freddie" Lounds. The series has garnered much critical acclaim since its premiere, winning the 2014 and 2015 Saturn Award for Best Network Television Series, as well as the inaugural Best Action-Thriller Television Series in 2016.

    In 2016, when asked if there were any sequels that he wished he could revisit, Hopkins said, "I made the mistake of doing two more [Hannibal Lecter movies] and I should have only done one."[2]

    In 2017, Foster reprised her role as Starling in a skit titled "Clarice Probes Hannibal Lecter About Trump's Russia Ties" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, opposite Stephen Colbert as Hannibal Lecter. In the skit, Clarice questions Lecter on his relationship with Donald Trump and what he can tell her about his relationship with Russia.[
     
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    Musical

    In 2005, comedian-musicians Jon and Al Kaplan, most famous for their musical re-imaginings of popular films as YouTube musicals, parodied The Silence of the Lambs, especially the film version, in Silence! The Musical. It premiered Off-Off-Broadway and has since had acclaimed productions in London (2009) and Los Angeles (2012). In 2012, it won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle – Score, Lead Performance, Choreography Award



     
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    Jack the Ripper vs Hannibal Lecter. Epic Rap Battles of History Season 4.



     
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    Loaded Weapon Part 1 - Clip - Harold Leacher (Silence of the Lambs *spoof)




     
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    And from the classic 1994 film The Silence of the Hams.
     
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    And more...
     
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    Sorry, didn't realize that last one was dubbed. Mea culpa.
     
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    Could still tell that they were throwing in a parody of the probably then current Gary Oldman Dracula. :emoji_alien:
     
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