First things first, to those not watching NBC’s Hannibal: Watch Hannibal. The acting’s great, the characters are wonderful, and it’s insanely fun seeing the writers play with the fact that the audience knows Hannibal Lecter’s a killer cannibal but the characters don’t. (Said at a dinner meeting: “Next time bring your wife. I’d love to have you both for dinner.” Oh-ho-ho!)
Another reason to catch up on Hannibal, at least if you’re a Pushing Daisies fan: Some combination of Lee Pace, Kristin Chenoweth, and Anna Friel might join its cast in season two. If it gets a season two. C’mon, people. Let’s make this the Bryan Fuller show that lasts.
Via Entertainment Weekly:
“I talked to Lee Pace about doing a role on [Hannibal] this season,” Fuller reveals. “But he was doing a stage play and so we’re planning to work that out with season two. He’s definitely interested in doing the show and I would love to work with him again. I also very much want to work with Anna Friel again, and Kristin Chenoweth clearly has to play someone in the Boston arts scene. Perhaps an opera singer. So we are hoping to make that all happen.”
Yesssss. I wouldn’t object to Chi McBride either. Just sayin’. The shows are tonally quite different, but I don’t even care.
Fuller seems optimistic about Hannibal‘s chances of getting a second season, noting that “we are a cost-efficient show so we’re not hard to pick up. That’s a nice way of saying we’re a bargain show!” Plus its ratings have been pretty good so far. But if Hannibal (knock on wood) isn’t in it for the long haul, might we expect a Pushing Daisies reunion of a different sort… say, in a Pushing Daisies movie?
Fuller has said he might like to crowdfunding a Pushing Daisies movie before, and apparently that interest hasn’t waned in the six weeks-ish since Veronica Mars‘s Kickstarter success. Said Fuller:
“I haven’t even been back in Los Angeles for more than five days since wrapping Hannibal, so one of the first orders of business is to find out more from [Veronica Mars creator] Rob Thomas to find out how he did it. And to call Warner Brothers to see if it’s something that they would allow…But I would, Oh my God, I would love to get those actors together again. I have what I think is a very cool story; it’s just a matter of finding out if it’s possible. I think it would be such an interesting sentimental return.”
What might that cool story be? If you believe what he said in an interview with Den of Geek, it involves zombies. Like, actual zombies.
If we were able to pull off the Kickstarter, there’s a very fun zombie film that starts with a flash-flood in a cemetery and basically is about those denizens of that cemetery having to kill Ned before he can kill them, so it’s a different kind of zombie movie.
Fast or slow zombies?
I think fast, I think because it’s the Pushing Daisies rules so Chuck is, you know, alive.
Well, that’d be one quirky zombie movie. Bring it on.