In the past couple of years, and in this fall to come, TV has taken to adapting popular films into television series. Bates Motel, Fargo, and Teen Wolf are among many that seem to be doing very well and this fall we get adaptations of films like Minority Report, Limitless and The Omen. But one of the most popular has to be Hannibal, the revisionist series based on the series of films based on Thomas Harris’ novels. With Mads Mikkelsen taking on the iconic role of Hannibal Lecter made famous by Anthony Hopkins, there was much to live up to. But audiences took to the series with its gorgeous cinematography, artsy approach and incredible performances not only by Mikkelsen but also by Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne, and Gillian Anderson. And now fans of this unique series can delve even further into the making of the show with Jesse McLean’s new book The Art and Making of Hannibal: The Television Series.
With this impressive large coffee table paperback book, McLean delves not only into the story of Hannibal and how it has morphed and merged with the existing Hannibal mythos, but also into the look and feel of the show. Through detailed photographs, diagrams and interviews with all the key talent in front of and behind the camera, McLean pulls apart and dissects the show much like Will Graham analyzes a crime scene. And for the morbid fans (let’s face it, if you dig the show you probably have a dark side) there is even a thorough examination of many murders in the show. From the conceptualization of the murders to the complicated task of the makeup department trying to bring them to life, every aspect is covered.
Much like the show itself, The Art and Making of Hannibal: The Television Series is also a book that is gorgeous in its design. The cover is simple, effective and a wonderfully perfect graphic representation of the show. The inside just gets better. Flowing, well-written and incisive text snakes its way around stunning glossy photographs from the show as well as behind the scenes. In depth interviews with everyone from Mikkelsen and Dancy to creator Bryan Fuller give unique insight into the creation of the show, the look of the sets, even right down to Hannibal’s wardrobe and the recipes he creates, gruesome yet delicious looking as they may be.
For fans of the dark world of Hannibal, The Art and Making of Hannibal: The Television Series is an indispensible book that will provide hours of fascinating perusal. And you might even get a few dinner ideas out of it.