A few days ago NBC announced the cancellation of Hannibal after it’s third season. The news wasn’t too shocking, given the show’s ratings and graphic content. At the time we wrote about the sad news, we said we hoped it’d find life on another network – but we weren’t holding our breathe. Well, we might have been able to hold it. Looks like Hannibal may be reborn – possibly on a streaming platform.
Variety got some interesting news from Hannibal creator and exec producer, Bryan Fuller, about the show’s possible rebirth somewhere else.
“I know there have been discussions on a couple of fronts with Netflix and Amazon,” Fuller says. “But I believe our deal with Amazon precludes a Netflix component so I think Netflix, who has expressed interest and has expressed great enthusiasm for the show… I don’t think contractually with our Amazon contract, they can pick up the show.”
Hannibal moving to Netflix would be a dream come true and obviously they have the means to make it happen. The one issue that would stand in their way is Amazon Prime, who owns the rights to the first three seasons. There’s also overseas funding involved that could pose an issue in the show’s resurrection.
“All I know is that things are being discussed with venues to see how interested they actually are. I don’t know to what extent,” Fuller says. “Without an NBC component, it’s a little complicated. Even some of our international partners, because there’s no NBC component, will pass on a fourth season.”
For now, Fuller is still urging “fannibals” to show their support via social media.
“The fact that the fannibals have been so passionate about the show and so enthusiastic, it always helps,” Fuller added. “It may not be the thing that seals the deal, but it is an indicator of audience interest.”
Currently the petition has over 60,000 supporters, which is incredible. All the online support was addressed recently by the The De Laurentiis Company (who brought you Hannibal) on Twitter, which is another good sign of the program’s possible prolonged life.
#Hannibal was always in danger of cancellation due to subject matter, and others have expressed interest in partnering with us.
— DeLaurentiis Co (@DeLaurentiisCo) June 22, 2015
Although there’s nothing concrete yet, we remain hopeful Hannibal can continue on. It’d be a shame to see such an amazing show end so prematurely.