On Saturday, a little more than two months after NBC finally decided to cancel it, Hannibal ended its three-season run with a bloody and beautiful finale that felt both open-ended and definitive. I won’t go into the spoilery details right now, but if we never see another frame of the Bryan Fuller-guided series, starring Mads Mikkelsen in the title role, I’ll still feel like I got some kind of ending.
That’s a good thing, but we’re also still waiting to find out if Hannibal is really dead. Fuller and producer Martha De Laurentiis have always said they intended to try to continue the show if NBC ever dropped it, and they re-iterated that intent the day the show was cancelled. In the months since, we’ve learned that both Netflix and Amazon passed on the chance at producing a fourth season, but that was far from the end of the road. So, where are things now? Not in the best shape, but definitely not done.
“Martha De Laurentiis is looking into financing for a feature film,” Fuller told HitFix. “The season 4 that we were going to tell is such a restart and reimagining that I still hope in some way that we get to tell a version of that, if not Silence of the Lambs itself, as a miniseries. I would love to return this cast to the big screen from whence they came, and Hannibal Lecter to the big screen, from whence he came. It seems perfectly symmetrical.”
Fuller went on to elaborate that the odds of more Hannibal are “less than 50/50, and not in our favor,” but he and De Laurentiis are still not giving up. They’ve been fighting to keep the show on the air from the beginning, as well as fighting for a way to get the rights to adapt Silence of the Lambs, and it doesn’t sound like they’re giving up anytime soon. As for parting with NBC, Fuller has no hard feelings. In fact, he still sounds amazed that the show got to live as long as it did.
“I knew the writing was on the wall. I knew that we had gotten ridiculously preferential treatment on this show by the network. The fact that they allowed us to tell the tales we were telling, and in a manner that was much more suited to a cable audience than a broadcast network audience. They were bending over backwards to accommodate us, and I knew they could only bend so far with ratings as bad as we had!”