Though many people out there right now are talking about Mads Mikkelsen’s latest role in ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’, playing Hannibal Lector on NBC really put him on a lot of people’s radars. After debuting in 2013, the ‘Silence of the Lambs’ prequel series ‘Hannibal’ became a cult hit among viewers. Although, after gaining a strong fanbase over the course of three seasons, the show was pulled by the network due to lack of broad appeal. Even places like Amazon and Netflix passed on picking up the show, so it seemed like all hope was lost. However, showrunner Bryan Fuller emerged earlier this year to remind people that they are able to explore other options in August 2017 when the rights to the characters and the story become available again. And now he has given Fannibals some insight as to how he’d ideally like to bring the show back.
While appearing on the Shockwaves podcast recently, Fuller shared that he’d like to take the mini-series route with ‘Hannibal’ similar to ‘Sherlock’, ‘The X-Files’, ‘Gilmore Girls’, or a number of other recent revivals that have been popping up lately. And like those successful shows, he’d also like to spread out the seasons (should he get more than one) and leave the audience wanting more:
“I think, ideally for the cast, it would be as a mini-series, here and there. Let’s do six to eight episodes of this, and six to eight episodes over here. And do it as an irregular thing.”
With the stock of cast members such as Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne, and Gillian Anderson rising even higher than they already were at the start of the show, it makes a lot of sense to take this approach with ‘Hannibal’. Plus, Fuller himself is pretty busy with projects of his own as he has commitments to ‘American Gods’, the reboot of ‘Amazing Stories’, and ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ in 2017, so a mini-series may be favorable with his schedule as well. But of course, we’d only have to worry about schedules if talks yield positive results next summer.
How would you feel if ‘Hannibal’ took a mini-series format upon it’s return? Would you be disappointed in the shorter seasons? Or is it good enough to just have the show back in any form? Let us know in the comments.