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Hannibal - Bryan Fuller Interview

You were talking about negotiating with MGM about the use of some Thomas Harris characters for Hannibal?

Yes. We reached out to MGM in the first season because I really wanted to tell the story of Benjamin Raspail and how that head ended up in a jar in The Silence of the Lambs.

And Buffalo Bill?

Exactly, Jame Gumb. We knew that Benjamin Raspail was romantically involved with Jame Gumb and Benjamin Raspail was a patient of Hannibal Lecter’s, so I was very excited about telling that story as a fan of the movie and the books, and wanting this to be the definitive Hannibal Lecter experience. We went to MGM and asked ‘Can we use this character?’ after we arc-ed it out in the first season and had that character integrated into our storyline, and they said no.

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