Despite being cancelled by NBC, Hannibal still made an appearance at Comic-Con, and among the delights in store was an extended look at the story of the Red Dragon. Please note though this is spoilery if you are not up to date with Hannibal.
You can view that video below, but first let’s find out what series creator Bryan Fuller had to say about the shows cancellation, and what the future holds for Hannibal.
“NBC allowed us to do some crazy sh-t for three years,” Fuller said, applauding NBC, despite axing the series.
Amazon and Netflix sadly passed on renewing Hannibal recently:
“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 did hint at the possibility of a feature film in the future:
“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.”
“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 continued.
He then talked about who he would miss more, the fans or the cast:
“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 added, “has been an amazing experience. 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.”