Hannibal got three seasons. That was nowhere near enough for the audience often referred to as Fannibals. However, it was several more seasons than some of creator Bryan Fuller’s shows. His past is full of short-lived series like Wonderfalls, which got 13 episodes, and Mockingbird Lane, which aired just one episode on NBC. While they haven’t become huge cultural hits that break viewership records, they do draw in dedicated fanbases. Hannibal has been one of Fuller’s biggest examples, and when the show was canceled after the third season, there was a lot of hope for a revival. The actors have expressed a willingness to come back, but finding a home for Hannibal season 4 hasn’t been easy. Now, a trusted and proven inside source for Giant Freakin Robot has shared that Netflix is currently interested in reviving Hannibal.
This is huge news for fans of the series, who’ve held on for a new season for many years now. Netflix has always seemed like the natural home to bring the series back. While Amazon Prime Video owned the rights to the show, which stopped Netflix in the past, creator Bryan Fuller did have talks with Netflix when his show was first canceled. Our source shared that the streaming service is again interested in reviving the show. However, we don’t have details that we can report on where they’re at in the process. We’d love to know if Bryan Fuller is talking to Netflix, and where they’re currently at with the rights on Hannibal, but we don’t have answers at this time. We can only speculate that, hopefully, the rights issue has either timed out or Amazon is willing to release the show. It would seem like it’s been long enough that Bryan Fuller could be ready to move forward sometime soon.
Past interviews with the actors and Bryan Fuller have all indicated that everyone involved would want to come back if they could find a home for the series. Those interviews have also said that if the show took a few years to return, that would be just fine with them. While those interviews were more common back in 2015 and 2016, no one has appeared to give up. Mads Mikkelsen has continued hoping for Hannibal season 4 in interviews. At the moment, he’s busy with Fantastic Beasts 3, where he’ll be replacing Johnny Depp, but he’s seemed dedicated to bringing Hannibal back to the screen if the opportunity ever comes up. Hopefully, this is that moment. However, it should be noted that while this news can give fans hope, it doesn’t mean Netflix is ready to move forward yet–just that they’re looking. There’s room for hope, but there’s still a long way to go.
When Hannibal’s cancelation was first announced the story from Bryan Fuller, Mads Mikkelsen, and Hugh Dancy was always that it could return, but that it may be a few years. Mads Mikkelsen has said that the key to making a revival happen is Bryan Fuller. They wouldn’t move forward without him. And Bryan Fuller has said the issue is finding a home for the series. If Netflix moves forward, that may be the piece that puts everything else into place for the revival fans have waited a long several years for.