It seems that NBC is pulling the trigger on a 13-episode order to Hannibal without going through a pilot stage. a The project, which is a straight-to-series project from Gaumont International Television, will be written and executive produced by Bryan Fuller and executive produced by Martha DeLaurentiis.
Hannibal is described as a contemporary thriller series featuring the classic characters from Thomas Harris’ novel Red Dragon – FBI agent Will Graham and his mentor Dr. Hannibal Lecter – who are re-introduced at the beginning of their budding relationship.
The project was bought by NBC preemptively in November with a script against a 13-episode commitment, meaning that the network had to make a quick decision after receiving Fuller’s script to pick up the series, which it just did. Stay tuned for more.