Guillermo Del Toro Will Not Direct An Episode Of NBC's Hannibal

Update: In the rare instance of false information on April Fools Day coming not as a joke, but as a genuine slice of misinformation, it appears that the De Laurentiis Company's report of Guillermo del Toro's involvement in Hannibal Season 3 was the result of miscommunication between its newsletter editors. Here is the apology they posted to Facebook.

OUR MISTAKE! We are sorry and disappointed to confirm that the information concerning Guillermo Del Toro directing an...Posted by The De Laurentiis Company on Wednesday, April 1, 2015

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Beyond their signature quirks and addictive storytelling, Bryan Fuller projects are always memorable for their visual styles, and Hannibal is no exception, with a combination of dream sequences and artistic gore that puts it far above everything else on NBC’s slate. So it makes perfect sense that the show would nab one of the more visual-minded directors working today, Guillermo del Toro, to step in and direct an episode for Season 3. Can we get Ron Perlman as a guest star in that one?

The announcement came in a newsletter from the De Laurentiis Company, according to FashionStyle, and it looks like del Toro will be stepping in for the third-to-last episode of the season, at which point the Tooth Fairy storyline should be in full effect. Shit is gonna get crazy, y’all, and del Toro is definitely the guy to take it to the extremes.

And just in case you think this is one big April Fools gag, the De Laurentiis Company cleared that up already.

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This won’t be del Toro’s first crack at a TV show, either, as he directed the series premiere for The Strain, the FX horror drama he co-created, based on the novel trilogy he wrote with author Chuck Hogan. His early career saw him working on the Spanish horror mystery series Hora Marcada, and his future may take him to Amazon, where his long-gestating fantasy project Carnival Row is being developed. He also did an amazing reference-filled “Treehouse of Horror” couch gag a couple of years ago. Hopefully his episode will get viewers ready for his next feature, Crimson Peak, which hits theaters in October.

Season 3, which will see Zachary Quinto popping in for a mysterious role, will also feature episodes from frequent del Toro collaborator Guillermo Navarro, who has worked on the show before, along with Hannibal vet Michael Rymer. Cube director Vincenzo Natali has also been confirmed for multiple episodes, as well as The Descent director Neil Marshall, who has made a bigger name for himself in the TV world recently.

Hannibal will finally return to NBC when Season 3 premieres on Thursday, June 4, at 10 p.m. ET.

Nick Venable
Assistant Managing Editor

Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.