Tuesday, February 14, 2012

NBC Orders Crime Thriller Adapted from Thomas Harris's Red Dragon

Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

NBC is bypassing the whole "let's make a pilot and then decide if we want a series"-process and ordering a 13-episode crime drama based on Thomas Harris's 1981 novel Red Dragon.

Though Hannibal Lecter is probably best known as a character in the multi-Academy Award winning film The Silence of the Lambs, he was actually introduced seven years earlier in Red Dragon. Indeed, the official log line from NBC for its series is, "One-hour contemporary thriller series featuring the classic characters from Thomas Harris's novel Red Dragon — FBI agent Will Graham and his mentor Dr. Hannibal Lecter — who are re-introduced at the beginning of their budding relationship."

Here's a synopsis of the book from the publisher: Will Graham stands in a silent, empty house communing with a killer. An FBI instructor with a gift for hunting madmen, Graham knows what his murderer looks like, how he thinks, and what he did to his victims after they died. Now Graham must try to catch him. But to do it, he must feel the heat of a killer's brain, draw on the macabre advice of a dangerous mental patient, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, and follow a trail of microscopic clues to the place where another family has already been chosen to die — and where an innocent woman has found the Dragon first.

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