NBC may have cancelled it, but “Hannibal” show runner Bryan Fuller isn’t going quietly and this week has done quite a few interviews talking about the future of the show and where it might have to go in order to survive.
Fuller says no deals are in place, but talks are happening. Those hoping for Netflix though? Won’t happen because they’re not allowed to. Fuller tells 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.”
As Amazon already has an exclusive deal for the first three seasons of the show, it makes sense for it to be the potential new future home for the series. Fuller tells THR:
“Amazon makes the most sense, honestly, because they have been great partners with us for three seasons and we are exclusively streaming on Amazon. It feels like they have the interest in the program… I do love the idea of continuing on with our partners at Amazon. But we’re at a dance and we want to be asked out on the floor. All suitors are welcome.”
Fuller says the issue over the rights to the Clarice Starling character had no impact on the series as there weren’t plans to introduce her until the fifth season. The fourth season is based around “much cooler” plans which will tie in with the third season’s finale.
He also says his deal for Starz’s “American Gods” series has no impact, and if a fourth season of “Hannibal” goes ahead he would coordinate a way to be able to allow him to do both. How long could the show conceivably go on should it be picked up? “It really is up to the audience appetite and the appetite of our distribution partner.”
Fuller does admit to Variety that it’s still a rough road ahead so don’t think “Hannibal” is all set to survive just yet:
“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.”
The third season of “Hannibal” continues on NBC on Thursday nights.