In the wake of the cancellation of “Hannibal” by NBC yesterday, fan campaigns have already sprung up to keep the show alive – most notably #SaveHannibal. Certainly in this day and age of cable networks and streaming services picking up shows discarded by networks, “Hannibal” seems a perfect fit.
The audience may be small but are incredibly loyal and will follow it to wherever it will go, it’s critically acclaimed across the board, it boasts a strong social media presence, and much of the funding for it is handled by French company Gaumont so the financial risk is minimal. Indeed, freed of the standards and runtimes of a major free-to-air network, the series could very well go to even further heights than it has in past seasons.
Deadline reports that in the wake of NBC’s cancellation, there’s already “significant interest” in the series from other outlets, with the most logical being Amazon which already has exclusive rights to the existing three seasons of the show as part of a deal with NBCUniversal. DeLaurentiis Co., who produces the show, has said it will explore all options.
One minor complication is that show runner Bryan Fuller does not have a deal in place for a fourth season. Fuller is also tied to executive produce the TV series adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods,” but Michael Green is the one serving as the day-to-day show runner on that project.
Fuller does seem interested in continuing with “Hannibal” though and has already made plans for a potential fourth season should someone else pick it up according to TV Line. As that could still happen he won’t reveal what they are, other than saying: “It would have explored the Hannibal-Will Graham relationship in a much deeper fashion than the series ever has before.”
Fuller has previously said the fourth season would be an “even bigger re-invention” than the change of style between the show’s third season and its first two, and it would involve taking “the seed of something from the book and completely reinventing it.”