Drama, sweetheart! Originally meant to continue for seven seasons, producer/showrunner Bryan Fuller was forced to terminate Hannibal after three near-perfect ones. If you’re a fan of the iconic Hannibal series, you may take heart in the idea that a piece of fan art will soon be displayed in the United States Capitol, a place where it will forever be a part of American history. Even before “The Wrath of the Lamb” ended in 2015, Hannibal fans have been demanding to continue the dysfunctional love story between Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham based on Thomas Harris’ books. So, the fans are eagerly awaiting Season 4 of Hannibal.
As for Fuller, he hasn’t slowed down. As part of the annual Congressional Art Competition, a Hannibal-inspired piece of art was selected to hang in the United States Capitol building for a year this week, prompting Fuller to comment. In the Season 3 episode “Dolce,” in which Will finally meets up with Hannibal in Florence, New Jersey high school student Kathleen Palmer created a Cubist version of the episode (the U.S. Capitol should be so lucky to have this piece of art hanging in its hallowed halls). When word of the artwork’s Twitter rounds made it into Fuller’s newsfeed, it led to an inquiry from a U.S. Congressman who happens to be a Fannibal as well. Despite his pleas, Palmer could not get an invitation to the Capitol in exchange for another season of Hannibal.
Said Fuller, “I HOPE SO!” he is obviously in support of the legendary show’s second season and hopes that the network would sign a distribution contract to do so. On Twitter and elsewhere, Fuller has expressed his intention to return to Hannibal six years after the show’s final episode, and Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy are both on board, as well.
He stated the program is “in the pipeline” and added, “I don’t know how to do it, but I know how to do it.'” This is the first time in my life that I’m not doing it in this specific way,” he said, continuing. I’m still trying to figure things out. However, I’m not going to act on it just yet. Until I find out what’s out there and how people react to it, all I can do is wait.”
HBO was said to be working on a revival of Fuller’s short-lived comedy-drama in 2015. Fuller co-created and starred in two seasons of ABC’s Pushing Daisies, shown in 2007 and 2009. Aside from those projects, he’s directed episodes of The Golden Girls, Friends, Love, and the City, The Larry Sanders Show, Deadwood, Justified, and American Gods. A Sopranos episode titled “Porchia Petunia” earned him a writing nomination for an Emmy. Fuller was born in the United Kingdom and attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art for his acting training.
There has been a resurgence in interest in Hannibal since Netflix published the whole three-season run of the program last year. It has always been challenging and hazardous to translate the Harris book series for the big screen. Hannibal was adapted from a Gaumont International Television book. Still, as MGM holds the film rights to Silence of the Lambs, Fuller could not incorporate Clarice from that book into his television adaption.
If he had the opportunity, Fuller would like to extend the Hannibal tale in some fashion. The episode on which Palmer’s artwork is based is a good fit for his work. Hannibal has been hailed as one of television’s most visually striking dramas because of its unconventional approach to storytelling. Netflix’s release of the show prompted talks for the fourth season of Hannibal, but it’s not clear how far those discussions have gone. On the other hand, a fourth season would undoubtedly be eaten by a devoted following if it were to be made available. For a show that lasted only one season, Hannibal had a significant impact that shouldn’t be discounted just yet. It’s only a matter of time before the proper role opens up for everyone in the group, including Fuller, who has already committed to returning.
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“The Wrath of the Lamb” was the title of Hannibal’s final episode. Back in 2015, the third season finale aired. Mads Mikkelsen recently posted on his official Instagram account about how occupied he was on Valentine’s Day while the rest of the world was celebrating it. He may or may not be working on Lecter Season 4, but we can’t be sure. The actor has not verified this, but there is no harm in speculating about it.