Behind the Mask:Behind the Mask is otherwise known as "Hannibal 4", or else the Hannibal prequel. The film is the tale of how Hannibal Lecter got to be the way he is (that is, a devilish Hannibal), following the footsteps of young Lecter whose parents are killed in World War II and who is tormented, terrorized and eventually becomes a monster.

MovieWeb spoke briefly with director Peter Webber (Girl with the Pearl Earring) who is set to shoot the film in Lithuania either in April or May.

He describes the movie as a “big, proper, bazillion-dollar, Hollywood movie.” Webber admits with a laugh that he’s “selling out shamelessly,” but quickly adds: “Actually it’s a really good script.”

No wonder, since the scribe of all Hannibal novels, Thomas Harris, pens it.

In many ways “Behind the Mask” is similar in genre to the rest of the film series, but in others, it’s different. “We hope to serve an interesting variation on the theme,” says Webber.

But one thing is for sure, “it is not just about running around and killing people.

“All I’m going to say is that it is really exciting.” And that’s that.

The film is overlooked by Italian producer Dino De Laurentiis and is rumored to hit US theatres July 2006, from Universal Pictures.