We all know that a prequel to Red Dragon (or, if you have any taste in movies, Manhunter) has been in the works for a while now with Gaspard Ulliel cast in the role of a young Hannibal Lecter, but until today very little has been known about the book Thomas Harris was asked to write to coincide with the movie (which he also did the screenplay for).
Word has come down via the New York Times that finally, the book has a title and a release date; it’s called Hannibal Rising (a title I like a hell of a lot better than that of the film, Young Hannibal) and will be out on the Delcorte Press imprint of Bantam on December 5th. The book will detail Lecter’s life from his childhood in WWII Eastern Europe, where he saw his entire family killed, and his recollection of his long-lost sister Mischa.
Delcorte is readying 1.5 million copies of the book for release, expecting that the timing of its release coinciding with the hype beginning for the film, which is due out in February, will work nicely in the book’s favor. Not that the public really cares all that much; they’re going to buy the book anyway because we can’t get enough taboo in our lives.
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