Date: 19th December 2000

Surprise Ending For Hannibal

Screenwriter Steven Zaillian has completely rewritten the ending of Hannibal, novelist Thomas Harris's sequel to The Silence of the Lambs, the New York Post reported today (Tuesday). The book ends with serial-killer Hannibal Lecter drugging FBI agent Clarice Starling and seducing her. But director Ridley Scott told the Post: "I think it's a great book, but I told Tom Harris, I just don't buy these two going off together, even with Clarice under the influence. He said, 'Fine, see what you come up with.' Tom was very happy with Steve Zaillian's screenplay."

Source: Studio Briefing