Bryan Fuller and the cast of “Hannibal” stopped by Comic-Con to answer one question on fans’ minds: will “Hannibal” find a new home?
“We are still looking,” Fuller said, accompanied by Hugh Dancy, Richard Armitage and exec producer Martha de Laurentiis on the Saturday evening panel in San Diego, Calif. “We don’t have a lot of answers and we’re looking at the possibility of a feature.”
Though Netflix and Amazon passed on more episodes of “Hannibal,” following NBC’s cancelation of the daring series after three seasons, the panelists are hopeful for the show finding more life, whether its picked up elsewhere or wrapped up as a film.
“We’d like to continue with the show so the way this season ends, there may be an opportunity for a little break and then hopefully we’ll find a way to bring Mads [Mikkelsen] and Hugh [Dancy] back to you,” Fuller announced to the audience, which was full of fans donning flower crowns (a sign of the passion and devotion to the series) and holding up signs that read, “”Fannibals Forever.”
“NBC allowed us to do some crazy sh-t for three years,” Fuller said, applauding NBC, despite axing the series. As for Netflix and Amazon passing on a pickup, Fuller clued in the crowd.
“Netflix couldn’t do it because of the Amazon streaming,” the creator explained, referring to Amazon holding the rights to the first three seasons. “Amazon would liked to have done it but they wanted to do it very quickly and I wanted to be able to get all the scripts in advance before we starting shooting…the schedule with their desire to put it on immediately was just impossible for us.”
Fuller said that if his series doesn’t land elsewhere, what he’d miss most are the fans. “For me, it would be the fannibals and the connection that we’ve had with this very special fan community that has been so overwhelmingly supportive and passionate. First and foremost is the fannibals, a close second is the cast.”
“To be part of something that feels like it was so embraced and engaged with,” Dancy chimed in, “has been an amazing experience.”
Confirming that he’d want to continue with “Hannibal,” if it does indeed find a new venue, Dancy added, “It’s an emotional thing for all of us. It’s not over in the sense that we were fully committed and were living this thing for several years and that’s still true in this moment.”