Producer Dino de Laurentiis spoke to MTV and said that he is interested in making more "Hannibal Lecter" movies:

You'd better break out some fava beans and a nice Chianti, because if Hannibal Rising super-producer Dino de Laurentiis has his way, the fourth story - five if you count remakes - about Hannibal Lecter is just beginning.

"I presume that we created a success with this new franchise about young Hannibal Lecter, and I want to start to think about going ahead with the story," de Laurentiis told MTV News.

With this month's "Rising," fans learn the origins of Anthony Hopkins' classic Silence of the Lambs character, who is played in the new film by Gaspard Ulliel. De Laurentiis says Hannibal could become an even bigger evil superstar with more series installments. "How many James Bond [movies are] there? ... Every two years a James Bond movie [seemingly] comes out," de Laurentiis reasoned, adding that any future Lecter story would likely center on the unusual relationship between Lecter and his "Rising" love interest, Gong Li. "You see in the movie that ... it's an attraction, but nothing serious happens," de Laurentiis said. "In the future, maybe something happens, if we go with [another sequel]."

Hannibal Rising, which is a prequel to the film Silence of the Lambs, will be released on February 9.