Spotlight Movie // Red Dragon

Review: Red Dragon
  • Red Dragon (Grade: A+) — Director Brett Ratner overcomes significant odds to deliver a Hannibal Lecter prequel that's both thrilling and fitting. Reviewed by Brian Orndorf.
    Posted: 10/04/02

  • First Red Dragon Poster Appears
      Coming Attractions has a first look at the first "Red Dragon" poster. Premiering this November, this prequel to "Silence of the Lambs" and "Hannibal" stars Anthony Hopkins (appearing as a younger Hannibal Lecter), Edward Norton, and Ralph Fiennes.
    Posted: 05/22/02

    Good Thinkin': Edward Norton, Anthony Hopkins in Hannibal Prequel
    edward norton  
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    When Universal Pictures announced its plans to develop a Hannibal Lecter prequel based on Thomas Harris' novel "Red Dragon," the project carried the distinct, funky odor that emanates from all money-grubbing endeavors. But as more news has surfaced, the stench is dissipating and this film is quickly becoming verrrry interesting.

    With Anthony Hopkins on board to reprise his Lecter role and Oscar-winning "Silence of the Lambs" screenwriter Ted Tally handling the writing chores, "Red Dragon" is attracting A-list talent. Though unconfirmed, 13th Street reports that Edward Norton is interested in co-starring as Will Graham, the FBI profiler who, much like Clarice Starling in "Lambs," turns to the incarcerated Lecter for help in tracking a serial killer. The hook with Graham is that he has a preexisting relationship with Lecter; he's the agent who originally nabbed the cannibal killer.

    If this project rings a bell you've probably seen, or at least heard of, Michael Mann's "Manhunter." Released in 1986, "Manhunter" was the first adaptation of Harris' "Red Dragon," but despite being a tight, well-produced thriller, it lacked the Oscar-luster and box office clout of Hopkins. While it's unfortunate that the performances of "Manhunter" stars William Petersen (playing Will Graham) and Brian Cox (the "original" Lecter) will be overshadowed by the new "Red Dragon," the prospect of watching Norton and Hopkins trade psychological punches is enticing.

    Production on "Red Dragon" is expected to begin in November. A release date hasn't been set, both "Lambs" and "Hannibal" were released in February, so it's quite possible "Red Dragon" will premiere in February 2003.
    Posted: 08/07/01

    Hannibal Lecter Rewarded With Meaty Prequel
      "Hannibal" producer Dino De Laurentiis wants to squeeze a few million more in box office receipts from Hannibal Lecter. The Hollywood Reporter (by way of AICN) says De Laurentiis wants to begin production on a Lecter prequel this fall. A screenplay for the film, titled "Red Dragon," has just been completed by "Silence of the Lambs" screenwriter Ted Tally.

    If this news gives you a sense of deja vu, you're probably a Michael Mann fan. In 1986 director Mann ("The Insider") adapted Thomas Harris' novel "Red Dragon" into the film "Manhunter." Starring William Petersen ("CSI"), "Manhunter" is a passable thriller that introduces the incarcerated Hannibal Lecter in a supporting role. The film doesn't match the tension and skill of "Silence of the Lambs," but it certainly doesn't deserve to be reworked a mere 15 years after it was made. Worse still, De Laurentiis actually produced "Manhunter."

    According to reports, Anthony Hopkins is expected to reprise the Lecter role in "Red Dragon" despite the fact it takes place well before the events of "Silence of the Lambs." There have also been rumors that Jude Law might appear as a younger Lecter in "Red Dragon," but Law's involvement hasn't been confirmed.
    Posted: 05/04/01