“Hannibal” season three has finished airing. Since NBC didn’t renew the show, and the actors have been released from their contracts, the drama is, for all intents and purposes, dead. However, Bryan Fuller has spent every moment since news that season three would ostensibly be the last talking about the avenues through which the show might be saved, and right now, the plan looks to be bringing “Hannibal” to the big screen.
“[Producer] Martha De Laurentiis is looking into financing for a feature film,” he told HitFix. “The season 4 that we were going to tell is such a restart and reimagining that I still hope in some way that we get to tell a version of that, if not ‘Silence of the Lambs‘ itself, as a miniseries. I would love to return this cast to the big screen from whence they came, and Hannibal Lecter to the big screen, from whence he came. It seems perfectly symmetrical.”
Fuller concedes that the odds of any of this happening are “less than 50/50, and not in our favor,” he’s still got an idea in mind should by some miracle, “Hannibal” gets another day to live on. As mentioned, it involves playing with “The Silence Of Lambs” story and making it fit the narrative he has currently built for the characters on the show.
“I am imagining a parallel structure of Hannibal in the institution, with a severely scarred Chilton, now having returned to his post, and juxtaposing that, back in the heyday of Hannibal as a psychiatrist, perhaps even earlier than we met him the first time, when he had Benjamin Raspail as a patient, and weave that story in and around the modern day ‘Silence of the Lambs’ tale as we know it,” he told Crave Online, noting that if it all worked out, he would have Anna Chlumsky‘s Miriam Lass returning in some capacity.
As for Clarice Starling, he’s still got Ellen Page as his wishlist first choice, though he’d be up for trying the character played by someone from a different race. And Fuller even knows who his Buffalo Bill would be. “I would love to cast Lee Pace as Buffalo Bill. His first, most notable, award-winning career move was playing a transgendered person [in 2003’s ‘A Soldier’s Girl’], and I think it would be fascinating to return him to that side of his acting skill,” he said.
This is all a long shot, so we’ll see if this ever happens. Thoughts? Did you like the finale? Or is it okay for everyone to let go of “Hannibal”? Let us know below.