LAURENTIIS MAKES NEW HANNIBAL
Variety reports that Dino De Laurentiis, who first introduced Hannibal Lecter to the big screen in MANHUNTER and also produced its remake RED DRAGON and HANNIBAL, is already working on the screen adaptation of BEHIND THE MASK, the new Lecter adventure that Thomas Harris is currently writing. In fact, the trade reveals that it was the veteran producer who inspired Harris to pen MASK in the first place, convincing the author that there was demand for more of the cannibal?s exploits. MASK, for which Harris is scripting the film version concurrently with writing the novel, will expand on a passage from the HANNIBAL novel which describes how Lecter watched his young sister being murdered and eaten by soldiers in WWII Lithuania.
'It is a revenge story that shows why he became a cannibal,' De Laurentiis tells Variety. 'But he kills people that audiences want to see killed. So while there is a natural revulsion, the sympathy toward Hannibal remains.'
Continuing the trend of directors from outside the horror genre tackling the good doctor?s exploits, De Laurentiis has already signed Peter Webber to helm the feature; Webber?s credits include THE GIRL WITH THE PEARL EARRING and episodes of SIX FEET UNDER. De Laurentiis? wife Martha will join him on the producing side, and the movie will roll in May for summer 2006 release; Universal and MGM, which partnered on HANNIBAL and RED DRAGON, will have the first shot at domestic distribution rights. The film will be shot in Europe, and three different actors (yet to be cast) will play Lecter at different times in his life.
Courtesy of Fangoria