Martha De Laurentiis Dead: ‘Hannibal’ and ‘Red Dragon’ Producer Was 67

Martha De Laurentiis, a producer with more than forty years of experience in the entertainment industry and wife of the late Dino De Laurentiis, died Saturday after a long battle with cancer. She was 67 years old.

Writer and TV producer Brian Fuller shared the news of De Laurentiis’ death on Instagram. Fuller developed and produced the NBC series “Hannibal,” an adaptation of the Thomas Harris novels featuring Mads Mikkelsen as Dr. Hannibal Lecter. De Laurentiis was an executive producer on the series.

“What a wonderful lady. Yesterday Martha De Laurentiis left us peacefully with her family at her side,” Fuller wrote. “Long live Martha and her wonderful legacy.”

Martha De Laurentiis was born on July 10, 1954. She founded Dino De Laurentiis in 1980 with her partner and eventual husband, Dino. The two married in 1990 and remained married until Dino’s death in 2010.

Martha De Laurentiis has been credited with Martha Schumacher in several of her productions until 1995, including her first co-producer in Stephen King’s 1984’s “Fire Starter.” She was a producer of several Thomas Harris novels, including “Hannibal” ( 2001), “Red Dragon” (2002) and “Hannibal Rising” (2007), and served as executive producer on the critically acclaimed NBC series “Hannibal”, which ran from 2013 to 2015.

Other notable credits from across De Laurentiis’ decades-long career include “Raw Deal,” “Silver Bullet,” “King Kong Lives,” “Breakdown,” “U-571,” and “Arctic.” Most recently, she is credited as executive producer on director Keith Thomas’ new adaptation of “Firestarter”, which is slated for release in 2022.

Martha De Laurentiis is survived by her two daughters, Carolina and Dina.

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