Possible Hannibal Rising sequel
The word from the star of Hannibal Rising is that the studio are waiting to see if there is a possible sequel in store, that will of course be decided by the box office returns of this first film.
Warning: I've read the book and it's pretty flat. There's no real tension, suspense or horror in it at all, the character connections are weak and uninteresting, and there's no real Hannibal in there, just a messed up kid who does bad things. Not a great book and it just tarnishes the idea of Hannibal even more.
According to HorrorMovies.ca, Gaspard Ulliel who plays young Hannibal, after asking him about the possibility of a sequel he was very responsive. He said that the studio were waiting to see how the first one did.
The book, which the film is to follow very closely, sees Hannibal and his sister orphaned when war ravages the family estate. He and his sister, as well as other children, are held prisoner by some collaborators who, now the war is over, fear for their lives. They hide out and soon run out of food while winter sets in about them.
Emerging from the forest alone he is taken to an orphanage where his estate once was. His Uncle and Japanese wife take him into their family, and after the Uncle dies he and his widow live together in Paris.
However the horrific events of the past begin to catch up with him and he thirsts for revenge. This is where Hannibal begins to rise.
The answer though is not to bother with the book, which is merely a straight script without much passion or character connection in it, wait for the film and even then I don't hold out much hope.