Between Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy’s busy schedules, and creator/showrunner Bryan Fuller’s commitments to “American Gods” and the “Amazing Stories” reboot, many fans of NBC’s axed “Hannibal” series have accepted that their beloved show has come to an end.
Fuller and co. have all expressed desire to return to the property to continue the story, but the issues blocking it has mostly been those of scheduling and financing with a whole season of new episodes unlikely.
This week, Fuller appeared on the latest episode of Blumhouse’s Shock Waves Podcast (via ScreenCrush) and suggested an alternative idea that will excite the Fannibals – that the series could follow the “Sherlock” pattern of a handful of episodes at irregular intervals.
The show’s third season was essentially two separate seasons of seven and six episodes each so the idea isn’t unfamiliar to the show’s audience. It also means that upcoming could potentially explore aspects of Thomas Harris’ “Silence of the Lambs” novel as the rights will reportedly be available next year. Fuller says:
“I think the film adaptation is a perfect film, but there’s a lot of interesting nooks and crannies to explore in a television series. I hope we get to tell the story … I think, ideally for the cast, it would be as a mini-series, here and there. Let’s do 6 to 8 episodes of that, and 6 to 8 episodes over here. And do it as an irregular thing.”
Should the show return in some format, one question would be where would it air? Hopefully we’ll get some sort of answer to that in the near future.