Bryan Fuller's Hannibal TV series - an adaptation of Thomas Harris' Hannibal Lecter books - has been one of the most exciting and creative and visually resplendent TV shows to ever hit the airwaves. It's just such a shame that not many people have watched it over the past three seasons, which prompted NBC to cancel it last week.
But that doesn't mean there's no hope for a season 4. Fuller has talked pretty openly about his desire to move forward with the show, potentially on a separate network or streaming platform. The question is, is that a serious possibility or just wishful thinking?
Well, according to Fuller - who discussed the topic with Variety - it's a very real possibility, as the producers of the show have apparently already talked with Amazon and Netflix. Said Fuller:
“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.”
While it certainly wouldn't be the most natural fit for Hannibal to jump to Netflix without seasons 1-3 of the show in their library, something similar has happened before. Indeed, Hulu has exclusive rights to seasons 1-5 of Community, and yet Yahoo! Screen paid for the recently released season 6. Netflix could do the same thing and either buy out Amazon for the rights to seasons 1-3 or wait until their contract for the show was up. That doesn't mean they will, but it's not outside the realm of possibility.
Having said all that, it would seem that Amazon is more suitable at the moment for bringing the show to their burgeoning streaming platform. Amazon ranks #2 behind Netflix in terms of original streaming content. And while a few of their shows have been critical darlings, none of their shows have been massive breakout hits in the vein of House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, and Daredevil. Taking on Hannibal, which has a very devoted fanbase, could help boost the platform's visibility.
Securing a season 4 for Hannibal isn't a foregone conclusion, though. Said Fuller:
“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.”
Well, that's a bummer.
As for what a season 4 might entail, Fuller had the following to say:
“I don’t know how much darker we can possibly go. The concept for the season 4 arc is one that is inherently twisted, but also such a dynamic shift from where we were the first three seasons that there is also a broadening of the palette to include a lot more humor. The planned arc for season 4 is a very exciting one, so I would love to see the show continue, whether it be as a series or even condensed into a thriller as a film, as well. But with any of these things, it’s so hard to predict which way interest would fall.”
Bryan Fuller has talked about wanting to incorporate Clarice Starling and elements of Silence of the Lambs, but so far, MGM has not relinquished (or agreed to lease) those rights. Regardless, if Fuller is able to move forward with Hannibal - either as season 4 or as movie - you can expect it to continue being unlike almost anything else on TV or in film today.
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Hannibal airs Thursdays @10pm on NBC (for now).