NBC has cancelled Hannibal. As things stand, its currently airing 3rd season will be its last.
Reports state that the cancellation is due to writer Bryan Fuller’s plan to include the character Clarice Starling in season 4. Famously played by Jodie Foster in the movie adaptation, it seems that the rights to use the character are unavailable. While copyright issues can be a hugely complex issue, I’m sure there must be more to it than this.
But all is not lost. Producers, Gaumont TV, are working hard to explore other possibilities for continuing the show. Hannibal’s executive producer, Martha DeLaurentiis, confirmed as such with a Tweet stating “We are exploring all other options. :)” DeLaurentiis was also a producer on the Hannibal and Red Dragon movies.
Fuller stated “NBC has allowed us to craft a television series that no other broadcast network would have dared…but a hungry cannibal can always dine again.”
Darkly delicious, the visually stunning series has turned both fine dining, and murder, into a voyeuristic pastime. It’s pushed boundaries with creative and artistic deaths, and has made blood alluring in a way no other show has.
Hannibal has been a hit with critics and fans, and those fans (affectionately known as ‘fannibals’) have managed to trend the hashtag #savehannibal on Twitter, with many calling for Netflix to save the show.
NBC said “We have been tremendously proud of Hannibal over its three seasons. Bryan and his team of writers and producers, as well as our incredible actors, have brought a visual palette of storytelling that has been second to none”.
But, with the show’s future uncertain, Fuller is already turning his mind to other things. He’s signed up as the co-showrunner for Starz’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s urban fantasy American Gods. And, of course, Gillian Anderson is busy filming for the return of the cult show The X-Files (unless, of course, that’s a hint that her character won’t be surviving season 3).
So, the ‘fannibals’ will just have to wait and see for now. Whether they can prove enough numbers via social media to pique the interest of another network remains to be seen.