NBC axed the acclaimed horror series earlier this week, but Fuller is hunting for a new home
Axed horror series Hannibal has a “50/50 chance” of being saved, says its creator Bryan Fuller.
NBC announced on Monday (June 22) that it has decided not to order a fourth season of the show, which has earned positive reviews but failed to build a sizeable mass audience since it launched in 2013. “Hannibal is finishing his last course at NBC’s table this summer, but a hungry cannibal can always dine again,” Fuller said at the time, hinting that the show could return on a different network or streaming service.
Now Fuller has given an update on the show’s status in several interviews with US entertainment outlets. The show’s creator told Variety that though Netflix has “expressed interest” in picking up the show, it would be precluding from doing so because Amazon’s rival service holds the online streaming rights to Hannibal‘s existing seasons.
“Amazon makes the most sense, honestly, because they have been great partners with us for three seasons and we are exclusively streaming on Amazon. It feels like they have the interest in the programme,” Fuller told The Hollywood Reporter, while also adding: “There has been interest from a few different parties.”
Asked by HitFix about the show’s chances of finding a new home, Fuller replied: “I think there’s probably, it feels like maybe a 50/50 chance. There’s certain places that can’t do it for various reasons. There’s other places that are interested in doing a fourth season. I’m very curious which way it will go. I honestly have no idea.”
Season Three of the acclaimed series started on NBC in June and is now airing on Sky Living in the UK. The show, based upon Thomas Harris’ 1981 novel Red Dragon, focuses on the budding relationship between FBI special investigator Will Graham (played by Hugh Dancy) and forensic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen). After appearing in the first two seasons in a recurring role as Lecter’s psychotherapist and love interest, Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier, Gillian Anderson has become a series regular during Season Three.
Hannibal will conclude on NBC with the 13th and final episode of Season Three, set to air on NBC and Sky Living in September. Richard Armitage has a recurring role in Season Three as Francis Dolarhyde aka The Tooth Fairy, while Star Trek‘s Zachary Quinto appeared in a guest role in the season premiere.