Exclusive: Bryan Fuller On Hannibal Season 3 Progress, Adapting Lady Murasaki


HannibalShock will never turn down an update on Hannibal when showrunner Bryan Fuller wants to grant one to us. Earlier this week, we spoke with him about the forthcoming DVD and Blu-ray release of Hannibal season two (hitting September 16th). The last time we spoke was at Comic-Con, so Shock had to inquired about the progress of season three which is shaping up to be exciting.

What has been revealed already is that the third season will focus on a manhunt to find Hannibal who has fled to Europe. Francis Dolarhyde (aka The Tooth Fairy) will make an appearance as will Lady Murasaki. Once again, Fuller will maintain his “mix tape” approach to the Thomas Harris material and mold characters and plot turns to fit the universe of the show.

“We finished breaking the first arcs of the season,” Fuller said. “That’s the first seven episodes and we have scripts for the first four in. I’m finishing polishing the first episode and ready to jump into [episode] two. We’ll start shooting in October. We were so snowy and wintry in season two we want to get some autumnal colors in there.”

As for newcomers joining the series, he added, “We’re talking to actors about certain roles and we’re hoping to land those actors because there are people we’re very, very excited about that will be wonderful additions to the cast. In the next couple of weeks we’ll be able to trickle out some news.”

On the topic of Lady Murasaki and how she will fit into the season, Fuller says she’ll be brought to the small screen with a few adjustments, similar to the approach they took with Margot Verger (Katharine Isabelle) last season. “We’re taking the spirit of the character because of the events that happen in their lives. Her relationship to Hannibal will be more damaged and different. That will definitely be interesting to the fans of [Thomas Harris’] literature.”

I, for one, am very curious to see who they cast! More on Hannibal, with Bryan Fuller, soon…