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Hannibal Revival 'Conversations' Have Now Formally Begun

Hannibal TV series creator Bryan Fuller has revealed that discussions are currently underway to potentially revive the series. Two years ago, the acclaimed series, which was based on characters from Thomas Harris' Red Dragon novel, aired its series finale after three seasons on the air. Despite receiving universal acclaim from critics and audiences alike, the show, unfortunately, couldn't sustain enough viewers for NBC to justify keeping it going. And so, the network ended up canceling the program in 2015, something executive producer Martha De Laurentiis had once partially attributed to online piracy.

Still, Fuller, as well as series stars Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen, have expressed intentions to bring back Hannibal at some point in the future, potentially four or five years after the series' initial cancellation. There were originally talks about continuing the story as a movie, though it seems that Fuller would prefer returning to a TV series format, but that doesn't mean they have plans to go back to NBC. There are plenty of other options out there for them to explore, and the producer has now revealed that they are currently looking at those options.

Fuller has been frequently questioned about Hannibal on Twitter, and in a recent discussion with fans, he revealed that De Laurentiis has officially opened discussions to potentially revive Hannibal (which he says couldn't have started until two years after the series finale aired), though he didn't say who, or which network/service, they were talking to.

Conversations couldn't start until 2 years after the final airing of season 3. @neoprod has started those conversations. This takes time.

— Bryan Fuller (@BryanFuller) August 9, 2017

Last year, Fuller revealed that he and De Laurentiis couldn't begin shopping around for another network to host the series until August 2017, when NBC's streaming deal with Amazon Prime had expired (which originally precluded Netflix from picking up the show since they wanted the rights to the entire series, and understandably so). Of course, beyond Hannibal potentially returning for season 4, the questions will turn to: how will it return, and what would the story be about?

The original plan was for the show to run for seven seasons, with seasons 4 through 7 adapting the final two novels in Harris' trilogy: The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal. Fuller has previously revealed intentions to possibly bring back the series as an irregular miniseries that would begin by adapting the former novel, and that may very well be the direction he and De Laurentiis plan on going. Unfortunately, it seems like we may not find out for some time. Still, for Hannibal fans, it's welcoming to hear that talks have, at least, begun.

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Screen Rant will keep you updated on Hannibal as more information becomes available.

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