NBC canceled Hannibal in June, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the story as told by showrunner Bryan Fuller is over: He thinks there could be a future for the drama, which features Mads Mikkelsen as the title character.
“I think this finale wraps up the television series in a really good way and also is a platform for a launch in a new version of telling the story,” Fuller shared when he dropped by the Entertainment Weekly Lounge at Comic-Con in San Diego on Saturday.
Fuller tweeted July 6 that Amazon and Netflix have passed on streaming the show’s fourth season, but clarified that they’re “still investigating possibilities.”
Whatever happens, however, fans still have at least a few episodes left: Season 3 concludes Aug. 27.
Watch EW’s full interview with Fuller, Hugh Dancy, Richard Armitage, and executive producer Martha De Laurentiis above.
Fannibals, take heart! (Not literally, of course.) In a Comic-Con interview with Yahoo TV, Hannibal mastermind, Bryan Fuller, revealed that he’s weighing several potential avenues for continuing the show now that NBC has officially canceled it.
One of those avenues would potentially be a standalone theatrical film. “The idea for Season 4 that we were intending to do could go into a film very easily,” Fuller teases, adding that he “can’t say too much about it, because it will spoil the end of this season.” That, and there are also additional rights issues to sort out, as he currently only has the ability to tell stories about Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham in the television realm. Still, Fuller’s optimism should feed the souls and stomachs of Hannibal devotees worried that the Season 3 finale will also be a permanent end.
Fuller also makes it clear that he’d welcome Fannibal support in showing the appetite for more Hannibal, up to and including mailing body parts to the studio. “A very clear message would be sent about the dangers of not doing a fourth season,” he says laughing. He’s also quick to reassure viewers that Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen would continue to be part of the show no matter where or in what format it returns. Waiter, we’d like to order a fourth helping of Hannibal now, if you please.
Hannibal airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on NBC.
Hannibal descended onto Comic-Con and the Fannibals came out in huge numbers to show their support for the cancelled (but not yet gone) drama.
The panel featured Hugh Dancy, Bryan Fuller, producer Martha De Laurentiis, and new cast member Richard Armitage (who brought out a stuffed red dragon to represent his character). All were bestowed with flower crowns by the fans, which Fuller said represent the “floral beauty of the fandom and our appreciation for their support.”
Moderated by EW’s Jeff Jensen, here’s what the panel revealed:
— The big question mark is whether the show will live on after NBC announced its cancelation a few weeks ago. Fuller says that Netflix passed and Amazon wanted to go back into production too early, so they’re still exploring options, including a potential movie: “We are still looking. We don’t have a lot of answers and we’re looking at the possibility of a feature. Hugh and Mads are very committed to the show and would love to continue with the show, so the way this season ends, there may be an opportunity for a little break and hopefully we’ll find a way to bring Mads and Hugh back to you.”
—No, Will’s not dead. The show will take a three-year time jump between the July 16 and July 23 episodes, and they’ll find Will enjoying a new reality after escaping the world of Hannibal Lecter. “Will has fully retreated from the world of Hannibal, and he has found a life for himself and indeed a wife for himself,” says Dancy—but, he adds, Will’s “domestic retreat” doesn’t last very long.
—Armitage’s Red Dragon will be a unique take on the familiar story of Francis Dolarhyde. He took cues from the books, actively avoiding Manhunter and the other films, and says he’ll show more of the Dragon’s skin than we might expect. “There’s something about Dolarhyde which has a kind of innocence to him, which sounds odd considering how complicated and how dark his world is. But it was always fluctuating between an innocent, childlike mind and a every complicated man, and so I spent half of this series naked…wearing the tattoo, which I guess how Dolarhyde felt, is a kind of clothing to him.” (“You’re welcome,” joked Fuller about the nudity.)
—Fuller even made light of the show’s dialogue, which can occasionally be too intelligent for its own good. “There are some scenes that we’re watching that we’re like, what did we mean!?” he remarked as Dancy laughed and nodded. “I think I knew what I was doing when I wrote this scene…but we look at the scene and go, wow that’s pretentious.”
—An audience member asked what the group would miss most, should the show not find a second home after NBC. “The connection that we’ve had with this community has been overwhelming and supportive. I feel like we’re all going to take Fannibals with us wherever we go,” said Fuller. “Literally,” added Dancy.
–Fuller says he wanted to keep the promise of not telling rape stories in Dolarhyde’s tale: “It became more about the assault on the family unit than the woman in the family unit … It just felt like we listened very carefully to our audience and we know who our audience is. And I think you should only do a rape story when you can dedicate a lot of real estate to exploring exactly what sort of violation that means for everybody involved in the situation. So often on television, they don’t, and it makes it thin and shallow and lazy,” he said to huge cheers from the crowd. “We minimized a bit and we didn’t really pronounce that too much. It’s there if you want to see if, but I didn’t want to see it myself.”
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.”
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Who needs Amazon and Netflix when you’ve got the big screen?
Recently axed NBC drama Hannibal is “looking at the possibility of a feature [film],” executive producer Bryan Fuller revealed at the show’s Comic-Con panel on Saturday. “[Stars] Hugh [Dancy] and Mads [Mikkelsen] are committed to this show.” Following a break after the close of Season 3, the EP hopes that “we’ll find a way to bring Hugh and Mads back to you.”
Dancy echoed the sentiment, saying that he would definitely like to continue telling Will Graham’s story. “It’s an emotional thing for all of us,” he described of the show’s abrupt end. “And it’s not over in the sense that we were living this thing.”
As for what happened with the talks about moving the show to a streaming service, “Netflix couldn’t do it because of the Amazon streaming [deal],” Fuller explained. “And Amazon would have liked to have done it, but they wanted to do it very quickly, [while] I wanted to get all the scripts [written] in advance.” That made Amazon’s desired schedule “just impossible to do for us.”
Despite the cancellation, Fuller gave props to NBC, which “allowed us to do some crazy s–t for three years,” he said.
The fate of Hannibal may still be unclear — but the fate of Hannibal is not.
Fans at Comic-Con in San Diego were the first to glimpse the rest of the third season of NBC’s canceled-but-not-dead-yet drama, which still has plenty of punches to serve during the next seven episodes. EW has the exclusive first look at what Comic-Con Fannibals saw, and it’s a doozy.
The footage — screened during the panel moderated by EW’s Jeff Jensen — promises the appearance of Francis Dolarhyde, a.k.a. the Tooth Fairy, a.k.a. the eponymous villain of Red Dragon. It’s an appearance long in the works, and seeing it up on the screen drew the collective breath of the entire crowd of fans.
The clip shows the birth of the Red Dragon, as well as the relationship he develops with a captured Dr. Lecter. Also featured are a vengeful Dr. Bloom and promised cameos by Zachary Quinto and True Blood (how appropriate) alum Rutina Wesley as Reba McClane.
The biggest news surrounding Hannibal recently has been not about the elaborate, artistic violence in the plot, but the show itself: that NBC cancelled it partway through its third season, and Amazon Prime and Netflix both subsequently passed on picking it up.
Comic-Con attendees at the Hannibal panel were hoping for major news: An announcement that it was getting a fourth season somewhere (hey, we still haven’t heard from Hulu Plus — oh wait, the call it just regular Hulu now — right?).
Sadly, no deal like that is official — yet. The panel, made up of executive producers Bryan Fuller and Martha De Laurentiis (who wore a flower crown, the symbol of the show’s fans) and cast members Hugh Dancy and Richard Armitage spoke about the show, their hopes for its future, and what they’ll miss the most if this season does turn out to be its last. (We refuse to believe it.)
Fuller explained Netflix had to pass because of the deal already in place with Amazon Prime to stream Seasons 1 and 2. Amazon Prime was interested in taking it over for a fourth season, but with caveats.
“Amazon would like 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 a fourth season,” Fuller said. “Their desire to put it on immediately, it was just impossible to do for us.”
He said right now they are still looking for a home for future episodes, or some other way of bringing the characters back: “We’re looking at the possibility of a feature,” Fuller said. “We have Hugh and Mads who are very committed to the show, and would love to continue with the show, so, the way this season ends, there may be an opportunity for a little break, and then we may find a way to bring Mads and Hugh back to you.”
Dancy agreed that he and Mikkelsen would love to find a way to come back for another helping of Hannibal: “We were fully committed and living this thing for several years, and that’s still true in this moment,” he said.
In Season 3 so far, we’ve watched Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) take his place in Florentine society under a stolen identity, with his former psychiatrist Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson) by his side as his supposed wife. Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) lost his wife to cancer, then traveled to Italy to kick Hannibal’s ass. Will Graham (Dancy) has also made his way there, via Dr. Lecter’s Lithuanian childhood stomping grounds, where he meets Chiyoh (Tao Okamoto). Back in Baltimore, a post-coma Dr. Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas) is teaming up with one of Hannibal’s victims to try and track him down.
At the beginning of the panel, fans were treated to a highlight reel for the second half of Season 3. The biggest plot point coming up is the introduction of Armitage’s character, Francis Dolarhyde AKA the Red Dragon.
“Will Graham is looking at Francis Dolarhyde as a version of Hannibal he might be able to save, and Hannibal is looking at him as a version of Will he may be able to corrupt,” Fuller said.
In Thomas Harris’ original novel, Dolarhyde is a serial killer who murders families and rapes the mothers. The latter half of that is being left out of the show; a conscientious decision on the producers’ part.
“I wanted to keep the promise that we were not going to be telling rape stories,” Fuller explained. Dolarhyde will still be murdering families — this is still Hannibal, after all — but it will be “more about the assault on the family unit instead of just on one woman in the family.”
The producers and cast also briefly spoke about the fandom, or the Fannibals, as they’re called. The 4,200-seat ballroom at the convention center was full of them: The audience was a sea of people wearing flower crowns and holding signs that read “FANNIBALS FOREVER.”
“It’s particularly inspiring and beautiful, really, to have a low-rated show where you’re like, well, the ratings weren’t great, and then you look at the response of the Fannibals, and it’s the best hug you could imagine,” Fuller said.
“You’re our core audience, and that we appreciate,” De Laurentiis elaborated.
Fans brought up flowers crowns for the cast to wear, and one girl gave Fuller a scarf she’d knitted based on his favorite suit that Dr. Lecter wears on the show.
“I feel like we’re all going to take the Fannibals with us wherever we go,” Fuller told the crowd.
Amid the din of cheers, Dancy leaned into his microphone and said, “Literally.”
Hannibal airs Thursdays on NBC at 10/9c.
WATCH: Bryan Fuller shows off Season 3’s most elaborate set!
Could there be reason to crack the Chianti? “Hannibal” creator Bryan Fuller left the cabinet just a little open – possibly for a movie – at a panel discussing the recently-canceled series.
According to Variety, Fuller told Comic-Con attendees today (July 11), “We are still looking… We don’t have a lot of answers and we’re looking at the possibility of a feature.”
He added, “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.”
The future is still, obviously, in question: Following NBC’s dismissal of the series, Fuller shopped “Hannibal” around to Netflix and Amazon hoping to breathe new life into it. But on July 6, Fuller announced both streaming video services passed on picking it up.
Alan Sepinwall has proposed a few other options for “Hannibal.” Maybe one of them will stick. Fans certainly hope so.
I have added screen captures from last night’s episode of Hannibal, Dolce, to our photo archive. You can view them by clicking on the link below the thumbnails. We trended last night, the tag #MadsAndHugh! Which is wonderful. I have also added additional stills and behind the scenes images from the episode to our photo archive.