In the age of streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, no show is ever truly dead. With Netflix reviving shows such as Arrested Development and Full House and Hulu keeping The Mindy Project alive, any show with a loyal fan base could be resurrected at any time.
Few shows in recent memory have had their revival teased as much as Hannibal, Bryan Fuller's take on the character made famous by Anthony Hopkins' portrayal in Silence of the Lambs. Starring the soon-to-be Doctor Strange villain Mads Mikkelsen in the titular role with The Path's Hugh Dancy as his adversary, Hannibal won over fans and critics before being canceled after its third season. After several hints in the past about a return for the series, the possibility is once again being raised.
In an interview with Sunday Express, Mikkelsen responded to the question of Hannibal's return with a note of hope, saying that at this point the ball is more or less in Fuller's court:
"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."
As to the question of whether Fuller would be up for it, Mikkelsen replied, "He loved it. It was his baby. Let's wait and see." Certainly Hannibal is the series Fuller is most closely associated with at this point, although he will soon have a higher profile among Star Trek fans when he works as showrunner for the new series hitting CBS' streaming service this fall. Between that series and Starz's TV adaptation of American Gods, his schedule will be plenty full. Acting as the showrunner for three shows at once seems pretty unlikely, so if he does make a return to Hannibal, it will likely be later rather than sooner.
As long as Mikkelsen and Dancy are around and willing to reprise their roles in the series, though, Hannibal could be revisited 4, 10, or even 20 years down the line. After all, if Full House can stage a comeback so long after it went off the air, the same could happen for any number of shows. For now, however, Fuller, Mikkelsen, and Dancy are all plenty busy with their other projects.
Screen Rant will provide updates on any new info regarding Hannibal's return.
Source: Sunday Express