Despite constant critical raves and the formation of a fiercely loyal cult fanbase, Bryan Fuller-created horror/drama Hannibal just never managed to catch on with the masses, suffering from anemic ratings for the majority of its 3 season run. Thus, it really wasn't too surprising when NBC opted to finally drop the ax on the struggling program last summer, which had seen its numbers drastically dip yet again. Still, fan hope springs eternal, and many assumed that a cable network or online streaming service would resurrect Hannibal, much like Yahoo Screen did for Community. Sadly, no white knight stepped in, seemingly sealing Hanibal's fate as yet another genre show to end on a cliffhanger.
That said, one man who still apparently refuses to give up on Hannibal is Fuller, who has mentioned several times in the year since the series was canceled that he would love to add more chapters to the small-screen saga of cannibalistic serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) and his nemesis/close confidant Will Graham (Hugh Dancy). Up until now, most fans have taken a "wait and see" approach to Fuller's statements, not wanting to get their hopes up only to get disappointed when nothing happened. After all, lots of showrunners have expressed desires to continue canceled cult shows only to never be able to deliver.
However, during an appearance at yesterday's Saturn Awards, Fuller took things a step further, not only reiterating how much he wants to bring back Hannibal for season 4 but also naming a time period when cast and crew negotiations could begin:
"The cast is game, I’m game, it’s just a matter of finding the right time where everybody’s schedules sync up, but I would love to continue to tell the story with Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen. August 2017 is when we can actually start talking about it. That’s when we would have to see what the rights are for the character and for the story, and see who’s interested and how we get it done. I have the story, and the cast is excited for the story, so we’re ready to go if somebody wants to go."
While August 2017 will surely seem like an eternity for fans to wait before finding out whether Fuller is indeed able to realize his goal of reviving Hannibal, it's understandable when one considers how in-demand both he and the series' cast are. Fuller is signed on to oversee both Starz' American Gods and CBS All Access' new Star Trek series, with the former also including Hannibal supporting cast member Gillian Anderson.
Hugh Dancy currently stars on the Hulu drama The Path, which has been renewed for season 2. Mads Mikkelsen is of course soon to join the Marvel Studios fold as a villain in Doctor Strange. Laurence Fishburne (Will's boss Jack Crawford) continues to work constantly as well. Bringing all these pieces together will certainly be a challenge, despite Fuller's assured confidence on being able to pull it off.
Did Hannibal and Will survive the shocking events of the season 3 finale? Come summer 2017, fans around the world will be waiting with bated breath to know if the answer will finally be revealed.
Screen Rant will have more details on the future of Hannibal as they are made available.
Source: The Wrap