Cancelled after three seasons last year, sadly no streaming service or other network decided to pick up NBC’s “Hannibal” despite all the critical acclaim for that TV series adaptation of Thomas Harris’ Lecter novels.
The various actors and showrunner Bryan Fuller have all moved on to other projects now, but the series remains dear to their hearts and all have basically said they’d love to pick it up again if someone is game enough to help them. Last month Hugh Dancy suggested a return, if it is on the cards, would be about three or four years off.
Now Mads Mikkelsen, who plays the eponymous cannibalistic psychiatrist, has spoken with The Express and seemingly remains confident the show will find a new life in the next few years – the decision now resting on Fuller:
“It all depends on Bryan. He is the key, the base, the heart. We will wait and see what happens next in his career. But we all know that we can easily pick this up in two or three years, there are breaks in the stories. We could pick it up, say, four years later. If Bryan is up for it, we will all go for it. He loved it. It was his baby. Let’s wait and see.”
Fuller has his hands full this year getting both Starz’s “American Gods” and CBS All Access’ new “Star Trek” series off the ground. Mikkelsen goes on to talk about how much it hurt those involved to find out they were canceled:
“We are all angry. We were pissed. It’s madness. And season four was actually the one we thought we’d definitely get. Seasons two and three were on the verge. We didn’t know whether Hannibal would be renewed. But by the time we got to season four we thought it was a definite. We were very surprised at the decision. We were happy to be able to do it for as long as we did. However, we felt there were more stories. We thought we ended the show in a great way, but we had more to tell.”
The third season famously ended on a clifftop, the fate of its two leads left uncertain but their relationship taking a fascinating new path in the final two episodes. Any return would have to address that, and the potential inclusion of elements from “The Silence of the Lambs” which they previously have been unable to do due to rights issues.