Well, it seems that all our hopes and dreams for Hannibal were misguided as it truly looks like we have seen the last of everyone’s favourite killer and cannibal. At least in this incarnation, anyway.
Despite there seeming to be hope that the show may live on at another network (here) – we’re looking at you, Netflix – it now seems that it’s not to be.
Deadline are reporting that the show’s stars Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Darcy are now released from contract, so it’s unlikely they can be signed to another network under the same deal.
And that’s just the beginning of the bad news: “The independent production company continues talks with potential distributors. If Hannibal finds a new home, new deals have to be hammered out with both Dancy and Mikkelsen. Still, if the show gets a new season elsewhere and the two are still available, I hear both love the show and have indicated that they would like to reprise their roles as Will Graham and Dr. Hannibal Lecter.
“Still, there are other, even bigger obstacles for a fourth season of Hannibal. For one, the show has an exclusive deal with Amazon, making a pact with other streaming services virtually impossible.”
We did think at the start that the deal with Amazon would make Netflix and unlikely saviour, but when Netflix were named as being interested, we assumed we were wrong. It seems not.
But now it seems that showrunner Bryan Fuller may also be unavailable if a fourth season does happen elsewhere: “Hannibal has lost its creative force, developer/executive producer Bryan Fuller to a new series, Starz’s American Gods.’ He remains committed to Hannibal, but a possible fourth season has to wait for him to finish the recently ordered first season of ‘American Gods,’ which would be a challenge for potential buyers.”
It was good, no, it was great while it lasted, but it truly seems that Hannibal has run as far as he can…