Hannibal is currently airing Season 3 on NBC, but the network has already dropped the axe on the series. The series will not air a fourth season on the broadcast network, and there are talks to move it to other venues.
Fans have been very vocal about their support of the series. A previous Inquisitr report shared some news about fan efforts. A petition on Change.org has received over 70,000 signatures. Hannibal fans want their show back, and there is a chance that the series could return to the small screen.
Bryan Fuller gave fans an update on the on-going talks about the series in an interview with TV Insider.
“I know they are having the conversations. The studio had asked me what the scope of Season 4 is, so they could prepare production proposals for potential distribution partners. That’s where we essentially left it. It’s all still unfolding as we speak.”
The series is still going to Comic Con next month, and that is a move being made for the fans. Fuller revealed to TV Insider that “it actually shows how much [NBC does] support the show. They wanted to give the fans a Comic-Con experience and fully realize that we might be picked up elsewhere.”
There was a behind-the-scenes battle at NBC. Hannibal was living on borrowed time from day one because of its “dark” content and episodes that looked more like a cable show than a broadcast series. Fuller was “not terribly surprised” by the cancellation, according to Digital Spy.
Where could Hannibal end up though? A logical choice would be Netflix. This series would fit right in with their own original programming. Netflix has even expressed interest in the series, but there is a problem.
Hannibal already has a contract with Amazon that would prevent Netflix from picking up the series. Fuller explained the situation in a recent interview, according to Fansided.
“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.”
Fuller did talk about his plans for the series with TV Insider as well. He had a plot planned through Season 5 with Clarice Starling a possibility. However, there are legal issues there as well. Clarice’s character is owned by MGM.
“The parameters of the deal with the network it was complicated. So is there an opportunity with the new distribution partner that we may be able to rectify that? It’s hard to say. But the good thing is Season 4 doesn’t involve Clarice. She was the plan for Season 5. The Season 4 idea was taking something from one of the novels and turning it on its ear, and then cutting that ear off and shoving it down Will Graham’s throat.”
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