As we already know, Bryan Fuller's "Hannibal" has already been ordered to series by NBC. The show will use the backstory from Thomas Harris’ novel "Red Dragon" as the basis for the setup with Dr. Hannibal Lecter (As Yet Uncast) and Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) working together to solve crimes, the latter unaware of the former's psychopathic tendencies.
Now, in an interview with EW, Fuller says that he pitched the show to the network as a seven-season series which would include stories from various Harris books. The intention is to follow a cable series model on network television with 13-episode seasons.
The story will also begin as a procedural following two highly intelligent men solving crimes, but the dynamic will change once Lecter is revealed to be a serial killer - "There is a cheery disposition to our Hannibal. He’s not being telegraphed as a villain. If the audience didn’t know who he was, they wouldn’t see him coming. What we have is Alfred Hitchcock’s principle of suspense — show the audience the bomb under the table and let them sweat when it’s going to go boom."
Several male characters from the books are also becoming women such as the Dr. Alan Bloom and tabloid journalist Freddy Lounds.