TV writer-producer Bryan Fuller has spent much of his career jumping from one critically-acclaimed show to the next. After a four-year stint on Star Trek: Voyager in the late '90s, Fuller would go on to create three fan-favorite shows: Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls and Pushing Daisies. Each of them quickly became cult hits, but surprisingly, none of them managed to last as long as Fuller's current (and perhaps most well-known) series, Hannibal.
Yet, it seems that Hannibal has also now reached its end. After three short seasons, NBC announced today that Fuller's psychological thriller won't be coming back next year. There's a chance that the series could find a home on another network, but for now these final ten episodes of season 3 could be the last time viewers see Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy as Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham.
But Fuller isn't letting the news get him down. Instead, he already has season 4 all mapped out. Should producer Gaumont be able to find another place for the drama, Fuller is ready and eager to get down to business. And speaking to TVLine about the cancellation, Fuller couldn't help but reveal a few tidbits about his future plans:
My idea for Sseason 4 was perhaps one of the coolest yet. So I would love to do it in some capacity. It would have explored the Hannibal-Will Graham relationship in a much deeper fashion than the series ever has before.
Hannibal and Will Graham have been at the center of the series for the past two years, and it doesn't look like that's going to change anytime soon. While Fuller doesn't get into details about season 4, he's already talked a bit about it in the past. The first half of season 3 will tell the story of Hannibal in Florence, and the second half will follow the events of Red Dragon after a time jump. The season 3 finale is reportedly another game-changer, so don't expect anything to be wrapped up by the end, which will lead into a completely new and different season 4.
On next season, Fuller recently told fans at the ATX Television Festival in Austin: “It's an even bigger re-invention of this show than this season, so hopefully we will do it and, if not, maybe a movie and, if not, maybe a comic book and, if not, I'll tell you about it at a convention.” His plans included further exploring the story by adapting “something from the book that hasn’t been done.” Yet in true Fuller-style, it'll be done "in a crazy way" by taking “the seed of something from the book and completely reinventing it.”
Fuller has done a great job with the show so far, and hopefully fans will get to see his new idea brought to life in one way or another.
Hannibal airs Thursdays @10pm on NBC.