OK, I am VERY excited about this. Hannibal Lecter is coming back in BOTH book and film. On December 5, 2006, Thomas Harris' newest book, Hannibal Rising, is going to be released. On February 9, 2007, the film version will be released. I can not wait.
To say that I'm obsessed with this cannibal would be an understatement. I love him. I read The Silence of the Lambs the week after I watched the movie. I literally waited in line for Hannibal to come out (I bought it in book and book-on-tape formats). I read Red Dragon in 2 days (yes, I know it was the FIRST book to come out, I just didn't read them in order.) I have the movies, I have the soundtracks, I've even met Anthony Hopkins (I acted like a little girl on speed, it took me completely by surprise.) Note: I am a little pissed by the way that he's not going to be in this film but, that's another story all together.
Here's what the elusive "they" have to say on the book:
HE IS ONE OF THE MOST HAUNTING CHARACTERS IN ALL OF LITERATURE. AT LAST THE EVOLUTION OF HIS EVIL IS REVEALED.
Hannibal Lecter emerges from the nightmare of the Eastern Front, a boy in the snow, mute, with a chain around his neck.
He seems utterly alone, but he has brought his demons with him.
Hannibal’s uncle, a noted painter, finds him in a Soviet orphanage and brings him to France, where Hannibal will live with his uncle and his uncle’s beautiful and exotic wife, Lady Murasaki.
Lady Murasaki helps Hannibal to heal. With her help he flourishes, becoming the youngest person ever admitted to medical school in France.
But Hannibal’s demons visit him and torment him. When he is old enough, he visits them in turn.
He discovers he has gifts beyond the academic, and in that epiphany, Hannibal Lecter becomes death’s prodigy.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the physician and monster who has fascinated millions, will return in HANNIBAL RISING, a new novel by Thomas Harris to be published by Delacorte Press in North America on December 5, 2006. Irwyn Applebaum, President and Publisher of the Bantam Dell Publishing Group, announced the highly anticipated publication today.
"Thomas Harris has written the most compelling psychological suspense of our time," Applebaum said, "and each of his novels has been an event. In Dr. Hannibal Lecter, he has gone beyond creating a master villain to present one of the most irresistibly brilliant and disturbing characters in all of literature. Now, in HANNIBAL RISING, readers will at last learn of Lecter's beginnings and will see the evolution of his evil."
It is the fourth book dealing with the Doctor, who first appeared in RED DRAGON, and subsequently in THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS and HANNIBAL. All were multimillion copy bestsellers in the U.S. and Canada. HANNIBAL was a number one New York Times hardcover and paperback bestseller, with sales of nearly 1.5 million hardcovers for Delacorte in 1999 and more than three million Dell paperbacks.
Thomas Harris has written the screenplay for HANNIBAL RISING. The film, a Dino De Laurentis Company production of a Weinstein Company presentation, is being theatrically distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) in the United States in February, 2007. All of Harris' other novels have been made into major motion pictures, including THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, which won Academy Awards® for Best Picture, Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Director.
HANNIBAL RISING will also be published simultaneously as a Random House Audiobook, read by the author on CD and cassette, and as a Random House Large Print Edition. The Bantam Dell Publishing Group is a division of Random House, Inc.
If you're insane like me, visit Thomas Harris' website and sign-up for updates. (I'm sure I'll publish them here too.)