Hannibal Lecter TV series in the works

'Pushing Daisies' creator Bryan Fuller is running the show

Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller is showrunning a new six part series which will bring Silence Of The Lambs serial killer Hannibal Lecter to the small screen.

The series, which is simply titled Hannibal, will consist of six, hour-long episodes, will explore the early relationship of author Thomas Harris’ world famous character and a young FBI criminal profiler named Will Graham, who is troubled by his ability to empathize with serial killers, reports Deadline.com.

The show is the first to be produced in the States from French production company Gaumont International Television, who have set up a new North American outpost to produce new content for the US market.

Hannibal Lecter was most recently portrayed on screen in 2006, when actor Gaspard Ulliel played the serial killer in an adaptation of HarrisHannibal Rising.

Lecter has been portrayed by three different actors, with Brian Cox first taking the role in Michael Mann‘s 1986 thriller Manhunter.

He was then played by Anthony Hopkins for three films, including the multi Oscar winning Silence Of The Lambs, before Ulliel picked up the mantel.

There is no word on who has been cast as the serial killer in the new TV series as yet.