Hannibal is an American psychological thriller television series developed by Bryan Fuller and based on characters and elements appearing in the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris, which focuses on the budding relationship between FBI special investigator Will Graham and Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a forensic psychiatrist destined to become Graham's most cunning enemy.
One of the most fascinating literary characters comes to life on television for the first time: psychiatrist-turned-serial-killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter.
In this drama from Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies, Heroes), based on the characters from Thomas Harris' classic novels, we see where this incredible story began.
Will Graham (Hugh Dancy, The Big C) is a gifted criminal profiler who is on the hunt for a serial killer with the FBI. Graham's unique way of thinking gives him the astonishing ability to empathize with anyone - even psychopaths. He seems to know what makes them tick.
But when the mind of the twisted killer he's pursuing is too complicated for even Will to comprehend, he enlists the help of Dr. Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), one of the premier psychiatric minds in the country.
Armed with the uncanny expertise of the brilliant doctor, Will and Hannibal (known as a serial killer only to the audience) form a brilliant partnership and it seems there's no villain they can't catch.
If Will only knew...
Fuller is a writer and an executive producer. Martha De Laurentiis (Red Dragon, Hannibal), Sara Colleton (Dexter), Jesse Alexander (Lost, Heroes) and Katie O'Connell also serve as executive producers. David Slade is the director/executive producer for the series pilot.
Hannibal is from Gaumont International Television in association with Sony Pictures Television Networks. The series is also produced by Dino De Laurentiis Company and Living Dead Guy Productions.
In addition to Fuller, Martha De Laurentiis, Steven Lightfoot, Chris Brancato, Katie O'Connell, Elisa Roth, Sidonie Dumas and Christophe Riandee also serve as executive producers.