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Try to relax but Bryan Fuller reckons Hannibal may still return…

December 9th, 2015 by Matt Gault Comments

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One of the biggest and most shocking television developments in 2015 was the cancellation of Hannibal after the third season. When ABC announced that the small-screen spiritual partner was going to end, there was an outcry from “Fannibals” all around the world.

There were murmurings of a revival in the form of either Netflix and Amazon Prime, but nothing came of it. Creator Bryan Fuller has been incessantly quizzed on the show potentially coming back and he’s finally giving fans a glimmer of hope.

“Martha [De Laurentiis] and I keep talking…I would love to let the show lie low for a few years, treat it like Sherlock on BBC. And then relaunch with Hannibal: Silence of the Lambs,” Fuller said via BirthMoviesDeath.

The problem with Hannibal is that the rights to Silence of the Lambs are tied up with MGM, which explains why characters like Clarice Starling (played by an Oscar-winning Jodie Foster) have never appeared on the show. However, MGM don’t own those rights forever.

“We can reapply for the rights in two years and see what we could get going. For me as a fan of Thomas Harris I want to see Mads Mikkelsen [do that story]. There are some ways to make a meal of that story for a TV series. Silence of the Lambs is a perfect film, there’s not going to be a better film. And MGM feels the same way. So we would do it the same way we did Red Dragon…we’d flash back to him finding out about Jame Gumb.”

Meanwhile, Dr Lecter himself Mads Mikkelsen has spoke to Collider about how much he loved working on the show and how great it was to act alongside Laurence Fisburne and Gillian Anderson.

“There are so many fantastic scenes. I tremendously enjoyed all of the scenes with Laurence [Fishburne], as well. All of these characters played a vital part in giving my character nuances. Hannibal was just slightly different with each individual, so that showed different sides of him. You always wondered if he was playing, acting or lying, but it turned out that he was honest with everyone. It was just different sides of him. It was tremendous to work with Laurence and Gillian Anderson, and everybody else, as well. I actually have two favorite sequences. When you see the show, you get amazed with the aftermath of the beauty of the show and go, “Wow, I never saw that coming.”

“I remember when Will Graham was in jail and Alana Bloom was visiting him, at one point, and she leaned in, almost like a dream sequence, to kiss him and she morphed into this creature. That was so over-the-top, but also so beautiful. It’s one of my favorite moments in the show. For one that I’m in, there’s the finale of the second season when Hannibal cleans up and is killing everyone. That was a very emotional scene for all of the characters, including Hannibal, and I thought it was a fantastic balance between the monster and the man with empathy, at the same time, doing this. That was some tough days, but I thought it played out really fantastic, in those last 10 minutes of the show.

So, there you go, there might be hope yet for Hannibal fans!

Thanks to Squareeyed for the scoop

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.

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