Hannibal is one of our favourite crime dramas. Its gloriously trippy, nightmarish retelling of the Hannibal Lecter story, starring Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy (among others), has, during its three series, pushed the boundaries of taste and credulity for US network dramas. Its charmed life seemed to come to an end last year when its home network, NBC, pulled the plug on the show, leaving fans aghast. But, just when you thought that Lecter and co were dead…
Mikkelsen was quoted on Indiewire, saying:
We are all angry. We were p****d. It’s madness. And season four was actually the one we thought we’d definitely get. Seasons two and three were on the verge. We didn’t know whether Hannibal would be renewed. But by the time we got to season four we thought it was a definite. We were very surprised at the decision. It all depends on Bryan [Fuller]. He is the key, the base, the heart,” Mikkelsen said. “We will wait and see what happens next in his career. But we all know that we can easily pick this up in two or three years, there are breaks in the stories. We could pick it up, say, four years later. If Bryan is up for it, we will all go for it.
If this is to be the case and Bryan Fuller is up for it, it might have to be after this year – the writer and showrunner is due to start filming the new Star Trek series in the autumn. There’s also the little matter of finding a broadcaster to put it out there. It’s unlikely that NBC would re-up on it, so Hannibal might have to find a home on an internet on-demand service.
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