Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller is continuing to tease a future revival of the hit horror series, telling fans "no one has given up" on bringing back the series. Since ending its run after three seasons about four years ago, fans of the series have been hoping the show would one day resume on another network, and now they're getting some restored hope. According to Fuller himself in a new tweet, he and the cast remain just as hopeful as the fans of the show happening one day.
When asked directly by a fan if there was any new update on the status of the potential fourth season, Bryan Fuller reiterated everyone involved is still completely on board, and they're all just waiting for a network to order new episodes.
"No one has given up! I've made it clear I want to do it, the cast wants to do it and Martha wants to do it. We just need a network or a streaming service that wants to do it, too. I don't feel there's a clock on it or an expiration date for the idea. We just need someone to bite."
In 2013, Hannibal first premiered on the NBC network. The series presented a new take on the Hannibal Lecter character with Mads Mikkelsen in the titular role of the cannibalistic serial killer. It became a hit pretty quickly, earning critical acclaim and building a solid fan base that lasts to this day. Unfortunately, viewership just wasn't quite as high as NBC would have liked, leading to the network axing the show after just three seasons. Despite this, however, the show developed a reputation as one of the best horror TV shows ever, and the final season has a near-perfect rating on Rotten Tomatoes at 98%.
When the show was unceremoniously cancelled by the network in 2015, many fans cried foul. Well-written and superbly-acted with tons of potential still left in the tank, it just seemed that Hannibal came to an end far too soon. Seeing so many other classic shows getting revivals on new networks does lend hope that we'll one day see the same thing happen with Hannibal, and the continued interested of those involved only helps these chances. Still, it's hard not to feel frustrated as a fan seeing these kinds of teases only for the planned reboot to remain stalled in development hell.
The Hannibal Lecter character was first portrayed in the 1991 movie The Silence of the Lambs, based on the Thomas Harris novel of the same name. Anthony Hopkins famously portrayed Hannibal Lecter in the movie and its following sequels Red Dragon and Hannibal, and has since been synonymous with the role. Any actor making the iconic part memorable in their own way seems like an impossible challenge on paper, but Mads Mikkelsen somehow completely pulled it off. In its own way, the series has become just as iconic as the original movie, if not even more so.
Will we ever see a return to Hannibal? It's impossible to say at this point, as it seems like something that can go either way. For the sake of the fans and for Fuller himself, hopefully the revival can finally find the green light it's been looking for before it simply gets too late. Fuller may not feel there's a clock ticking on the idea, but Mikkelsen isn't getting any younger. Fuller's words come to us from his official account on Twitter.