Rumors have been kicking around for a bit now that a TV series from producer Bryan Fuller (the guy also apparently trying to bring back The Munsters) featuring the prequel-ized adventures of investigator Will Graham and his best serial killer buddy, Hannibal Lecter, was in the works. Now we know that not only is it in the works, but NBC has already ordered a full 13 episode run.
Seemingly unfazed by the colossal, destructive failure that was the network's last attempt at bringing a popular film/literary franchise to the small-screen--I am, of course, referring to The Firm, which now languishes sullenly in the TV equivalent of a Single Resident Occupancy (Saturday nights)--NBC has forgone the usual courting ritual of first ordering a pilot and then deciding to pick up a series, instead going all in with the concept of the world's most famous fictional cannibal making for a great crime procedural hero...of sorts.
Again, this will involve not the Clarice Starling years of Lecter's lineage, but the earlier, Will Graham-oriented years. Graham has been played by both William Petersen and Edward Norton in various film adaptations of the novel Red Dragon, while Anthony Hopkins is the ubiquitous face of Lecter--though he was originally played by Brian Cox in Michael Mann's Manhunter. No casting choices have been bandied about yet regarding this TV series, but it's a safe bet that all of those actors are too busy to bother reprising any roles on a TV show. That said, with Community on indefinite hiatus, NBC does have a perfectly good Chevy Chase just lying around doing nothing. Pierce Hawthorne is already on the bleeding edge of psychopathy. Just sayin'.
You could surmise that the show might take on the bent of, say, a Criminal Minds meets something a bit more sinister, like Millennium. Or maybe not, since sinister isn't really NBC's bag these days. Even their show about horrible sex crimes has become peculiarly slick and bizarrely unshocking in recent years. Still, you can bet they'll still work in at least a few cannibalistic references each episode. Perhaps he can describe consuming the entire cast of Free Agents, thus explaining away how it disappeared from the airwaves so quickly.