CCI: Bryan Fuller Talks Hannibal,
Shows Off Mockingbird Lane
Bryan Fuller seems to be NBC’s go-to guy when it comes to taking beloved characters and turning them into TV stars (either again or for the first time). The Pushing Daisies and Wonderfalls creator has not one, but two reboots in the works for the network, the long-gestating Munsters update Mockingbird Lane and a series based on the early days of Hannibal Lecter called Hannibal. Fuller talked about both over the weekend at Comic-Con International, and even showed four minutes of Mockingbird Lane footage featuring Portia de Rossi, Eddie Izzard and Jerry O’Connell. The Hollywood Reporter was there to get the details.
“I’m not afraid of reboots and reimaginations, I’m afraid of bad ones,” Fuller said. “I thought now was a good time to see a show about a family of monsters doing monstrous things. With the pilot, you’ll see it’s about monsters but also parents trying to craft a way for their child who’s a little different.”
There are plenty of references to the original, from filming on the Universal Pictures lot where the 1960s series was shot to Lily’s trademark dress, Fuller and company want to pay respect to the original while blazing new trails. “We wanted this to look like if Hitchcock was directing a Harry Potter film,” he said.
Fuller went on to say that, based on the pilot they’ve shot, NBC has ordered even more scripts for the potential series. He sees it as a good faith as was the amount of money the network put into the pilot.
The showrunner moved on to Hannibal, which received a 13-episode order from NBC. The project, which stars Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy, explores the relationship between brilliant young psychiatrist Lecter and FBI profiler Will Graham as they solve crimes together. “Season 1 is the bromance, Season 2 the horrible breakup,” Fuller explained.