Bryan Fuller Says Discussions On HANNIBAL’S Return Can Commence In 2017

We can wait until 2017, sure.

In a new interview with Collider, Hannibal mastermind Bryan Fuller says that America's favorite cannibal may yet make a comeback. 

When asked about the possibility of the series making a return, Fuller says:

“The cast is game, I’m game, it’s just a matter of finding the right time where everybody’s schedules sync up, but I would love to continue to tell the story with Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen. They’re such a fantastic collaborators, and one of the most satisfying actor-showrunner relationships I’ve ever had in this industry. So I would love to continue this story.”

And how, pray tell, would that story continue? According to star Hugh Dancy (who spoke with Collider in January), Fuller's got it all figured out:

“Bryan [Fuller] pitched it to me … well, he, described to me in an overview with what he wanted to do with the 4th season, had there been an interest, and it was really fantastic. It was a complete restart, without describing it — because who knows, God knows, maybe some way we may be able to do it in the future — but it took us back to the first season in a very unexpected way, and made total sense of that cliffhanger ending; it seemed justified. It was born out of a part of one of the books so it was still coming out of that universe, but it wasn’t the Clarice / Silence of the Lambs storyline.”

"Back to the first season in a very unexpected way", huh? I wonder what the angle might be there. Feel free to speculate in the comments below, of course, but before you get too invested in a concept, be aware that we're still a ways off from more Hannibal being a possibility. According to Fuller, resurrecting the series can't even be discussed until 2017.

“Two years after the last airing of the show, we can investigate our options... 

August 2017 is when we can actually start talking about it. That’s when we would have to see what the rights are for the character and for the story, and see who’s interested and how we get it done. I have the story, and the cast is excited for the story, so we’re ready to go if somebody wants to go.”

Not long ago I would've told you that hoping for Hannibal to return after being gone for years was a fool's errand. But streaming services (like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, which currently owns the streaming rights to Hannibal) really have made just about anything possible. If 2017 rolls around, people's schedules align, and fan interest is still there...who knows? Stranger things have happened.

Head on over to Collider to read more (including whether or not Dancy thinks Hannibal could - or should! - be continued via a feature film), or just hit the comments below to reminisce about how Hannibal really was the best (and bloodiest!) cooking show of all time.