De Laurentiis Up for More Hannibal

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With Hannibal Rising hitting theaters on February 9, producer Dino de Laurentiis tells MTV he would like to make even more films about Hannibal Lecter.

“I presume that we created a success with this new franchise about young Hannibal Lecter, and I want to start to think about going ahead with the story,” de Laurentiis said.

De Laurentiis added that any future Lecter story would likely center on the unusual relationship between Lecter and his “Rising” love interest, Gong Li. “You see in the movie that … it’s an attraction, but nothing serious happens. In the future, maybe something happens, if we go with [another sequel].”

Gaspard Ulliel takes over the role made famous by Anthony Hopkins in the prequel, based on the Thomas Harris book of the same name.