Attending the 42nd Saturn Awards in Burbank, “Hannibal” creator and showrunner Bryan Fuller was asked about whether fans of the cancelled drama should hold out hope for a fourth season somewhere down the line.
Those involved have all indicated a willingness to return even if it doesn’t come together for a few years, and Fuller kept up that message this week, telling Collider:
“The cast is game, I’m game, it’s just a matter of finding the right time where everybody’s schedules sync up, but I would love to continue to tell the story with Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen. They’re such a fantastic collaborators, and one of the most satisfying actor-showrunner relationships I’ve ever had in this industry. So I would love to continue this story.”
Fuller even went into describing something of a timeline as to when it might come around again due to current streaming rights deals and such expiring:
“Two years after the last airing of the show, we can investigate our options […] August 2017 is when we can actually start talking about it. That’s when we would have to see what the rights are for the character and for the story, and see who’s interested and how we get it done. I have the story, and the cast is excited for the story, so we’re ready to go if somebody wants to go.”
As “The X-Files,” “Prison Break,” “Arrested Development” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” have shown fans are happy to put up with several years delays if it means they get their show back.