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Jude Law To Play Young Hannibal

22 March 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Movie pretty boy Jude Law is being lined up to play the young Hannibal Lecter. Studio bosses are said to be keen to recruit the fine-boned British actor to star in a remake of the original Hannibal film, Manhunter. The film, based on Red Dragon, the first of the Thomas Harris books to feature the cannibalistic serial killer, was filmed in 1986 with Brian Cox taking the lead role of the fiendish villain. Ted Tally, who wrote the screenplay for The Silence Of The Lambs, is working on the script and is thought to be keen to snap up the British actor. »

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Hopkins Refuses To Play Hannibal In Third Film

19 January 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Welsh actor Sir Anthony Hopkins is refusing to reprise his Oscar- winning role as Hannibal Lecter in a prequel to Silence of the Lambs, The (1991). The star believes he has taken the role as far as it will go - even though he has been offered a reported $20 million to carry on the vicious slaughtering. Producer Dino De Laurentiis is keen to make another thriller based on Thomas Harris' first book containing Lecter, Red Dragon. But Hopkins has said to close friends, "I think we've gone to the line with Hannibal, with the jokes and the gore. I think people would think we were being greedy if we went on any further." Red Dragon was previously adapted into the movie Manhunter (1986) by director Michael Mann with British actor Brian Cox in the lead role as the flesh-eating killer. De Laurentiis insists, "Everyone wants to see what happened before Lecter was originally caught. There is room for more than Harris put in his first novel. The entertainment factor is still very high, as is the demand." »

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Hannibal Should Leave Film Fans Smiling

11 January 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The mastermind behind Hannibal (2001) thinks his human-flesh eating anti-hero is something of a comedian. Gladiator (2000) director Ridley Scott says the psychotic Dr. Lecter character, portrayed by Anthony Hopkins, is always looking to "get a laugh" even when he's about to pounce on another helpless victim. Scott says what struck him most when he saw the first manuscript for the new film were the humor and charm of the man. He says, "Hannibal's not just a ruthless killer. Absolutely not. Thomas Harris's book is genuinely full of wit and I hope we have translated that into the movie. I shall be very disappointed if I hear that people aren't smiling - when they're not screaming!" And Scott is ecstatic at the performances in his new movie - including that of Julianne Moore, who replaced Jodie Foster in the lead role. "Julianne is simply sensational and Anthony Hopkins is quite terrifying when he puts his mind to it. What's weird about Tony is that you're chatting to him one moment over a cup of tea and then you're watching him through a camera and feeling your hair stand on end. He was brilliant in Silence of the Lambs, The (1991). So he's brilliant again." »

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Hopkins To Return As Hannibal - Again

4 January 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Even though his latest film is not yet released, plans for legendary horror character Hannibal Lecter's return to screen are already in place. Screenwriter Ted Tally, who won an Oscar for Silence of the Lambs, The (1991), is now working on the screenplay for Red Dragon, the Thomas Harris book which first introduced Hannibal Lecter to the world. Tally, who passed on writing the screenplay for the soon-to-be- released sequel Hannibal (2001) because he found the book's violence excessive, is altering the plot of Red Dragon to feature more of Hannibal Lecter because, he says, Anthony Hopkins is willing to return yet again in the role. The writer says his interpretation of Red Dragon will feature Lecter running loose after an escape from prison, but he will, "never show Lecter eating people. It's just too gross. I just imply it." Some fans are already against the idea of "ruining" the book, claiming there's already a very solid adaptation of Red Dragon, Manhunter (1986), written and directed by Michael Mann, and another is not necessary. »

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