Earlier this week, we learned that Hannibal was canceled after just three seasons. Immediately after the news was made public, creator and executive producer Bryan Fuller sent Twitter into a frenzy with his #SaveHannibal campaign. The horror drama based on the popular movie and novel series revolving around cannibal Hannibal Lecture soon garnered much interest from outside parties looking to pick-up Season 4. Bryan Fuller has now confirmed that talks are happening with Netflix and Amazon to bring the series back. No deals have yet been made, with Bryan Fuller stating the following to Variety.
"I know there have been discussions on a couple of fronts with Netflix and Amazon. But I believe our deal with Amazon precludes a Netflix component so I think Netflix, who has expressed interest and has expressed great enthusiasm for the show... I don't think contractually with our Amazon contract, they can pick up the show."
Right now, Amazon has the rights to the first three seasons of Hannibal, with episodes not currently available on Netflix. It makes more sense for the failed NBC show to head that way. Another network is also not out of the question, with the NBC owned Syfy possibly a good fit. USA and Esquire channel are also being considered. All of these cable networks are interested in bringing in more scripted dramas at this current time. Though, Bryan Fuller admits that he has not personally heard anything about a cable channel wanting to renew the show just yet.
While Amazon sounds like a good fit, problems may arise without NBC's direct involvement. The show's international component is being called 'key'. Much of Hannibal's funding comes from Europe, with French studio Gaumont championing the series return. Continues Bryan Fuller.
"All I know is that things are being discussed with venues to see how interested they actually are. I don't know to what extent. Without an NBC component, it's a little complicated. Even some of our international partners, because there's no NBC component, will pass on a fourth season."
Bryan Fuller is, at this time, more interested in pursuing original programming than continuing with an established series, saying that outside interest would make Hannibal feel like 'someone else's'. While ratings for the series have hit an all-time low with Hannibal Season 3, the fact that the #SaveHannibal campaign has been trending on Twitter certainly helps. As soon as the # was launched, fans rallied around to show their support, and even launched petitions at Netflix and other streaming services. Even Glee and American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy showed his support. Bryan Fuller goes onto say.
"The fact that the fannibals have been so passionate about the show and so enthusiastic, it always helps. It may not be the thing that seals the deal, but it is an indicator of audience interest."
Bryan Fuller hopes to continue on with the series, and will embrace the chance to further tell the story that has already been set up. He even teases that the Clarice Starling character from Silence of the Lambs, originally played by Jodie Foster, will be introduced in Season 4. Though, just because the show might leave Network for streaming or cable, don't expect a gorier, or darker, more violent show.
"I don't know how much darker we can possibly go. The concept for the Season 4 arc is one that is inherently twisted, but also such a dynamic shift from where we were the first three seasons that there is also a broadening of the palette to include a lot more humor."
If a cable channel or streaming service doesn't pick-up Hannibal, a movie is not out of the question. Wrapping things up, he goes onto explain.
"The planned arc for Season 4 is a very exciting one, so I would love to see the show continue, whether it be as a series or even condensed into a thriller as a film, as well. But with any of these things, it's so hard to predict which way interest would fall. We have 10 more episodes that we get to share and live tweet with (the fans) and discuss with them. I think this season gets progressively more dynamic and exciting. But I would love to work with this cast again. I think we've assembled such a fantastic group of people, I would be a fool not to work with them again."
Hannibal will continue to air new episodes through August 27. The series will also be making an appearance at this year's Comic-Con. What do you hope happens with Hannibal? Will the hungry cannibal return from the dead?
I'm so sad NBC has cancelled "Hannibal." It's a fantastic fearless show and Bryan Fuller is an amazing talent. #SaveHannibal— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) June 23, 2015