Hannibal The Cannibal just won’t die!..But do fans want him to?

It’s been a year since NBC’s third season of their adaption of the hit horror franchise, Hannibal met its series end. Like most shows involving bloodshed the show brought a cult following. Unfortunately there’s two sets of fans, one set that wants to watch the series legally and the lateral. So after after fans were baffled, executive producer Martha De Laurentiis decided to keep fans in the loop.

“When NBC decided not to renew “Hannibal” for a fourth season — a show on which I served as executive producer — it wasn’t much of a leap to connect its fate with the fact that the show was ranked as the fifth-most illegally downloaded show in 2013.” De Laurentiis continues “When nearly one-third of the audience for “Hannibal” is coming from pirated sites — despite the fact that a legitimate download for each episode was available the following day — you don’t have to know calculus to do the math. If a show is stolen, it makes it difficult, if not impossible, to fairly compensate a crew and keep a series in production.”

So that sucks. I really wanted to see season 4. Whats good illegal streamers?! De Laurentiis then continued on stating something that reins true with many filmmakers I know and I’m sure some fans forget.

 “Only so many names can fit onto a marquee, film poster, TV show’s credits or in a movie’s trailer. Maybe the millions of people who illegally download movies and TV shows are thinking only of the top-billed stars, excusing their actions with the notion that one viewing will not do much harm to a superstar.

But on a set, every last crew member and creative — right down to the person who designed that poster or edited that trailer — is affected if the fruits of their labor are stolen.

Did pirates kill “Hannibal”? Unfortunately, that is a cliffhanger that might last for a while. With more than 2 million viewers watching our show illegally, it’s hard not to think online pirates were, at the very least, partly responsible for hundreds of crew members losing their jobs and millions of fans — who watched the show legitimately — mourning the loss of a beloved program.”

Laurentiis then ended with a solemn promise to tackle this piracy problem at the horns when she appeared at an Meet The Producers event.

“As I said, this isn’t just about me. This is about the livelihoods of thousands upon thousands of hardworking people who help enrich the lives of millions of fans of films and TV shows. When the plundering is done, even the pirates will have nothing left to watch, let alone steal. That is a dark future I will do my best — as a producer and a fan — to make sure never arrives at a laptop near you.”

So two months after the exec producer released this statement, Mad Mikkelsen [the new Hannibal The Cannibal] chimed in with his thoughts on the series and how he felt/feels the series will return:

“It all depends on Bryan. He is the key, the base, the heart,” Mikkelsen said after being asked if the series will be moving to a new network. The actor then continued “We will wait and see what happens next in his career. But we all know that we can easily pick this up in two or three years, there are breaks in the stories. We could pick it up, say, four years later. If Bryan is up for it, we will all go for it.”

Mikkelson then expressed his aggravation against NBC’s decision to cancel the show

“We are all angry. We were pissed. It’s madness, And season four was actually the one we thought we’d definitely get. Seasons two and three were on the verge. We didn’t know whether Hannibal would be renewed. But by the time we got to season four we thought it was a definite. We were very surprised at the decision.

We were happy to be able to do it for as long as we did. However, we felt there were more stories. We thought we ended the show in a great way, but we had more to tell.”

Nearly two months after Mikkelson made THAT statement, yesterday a taping  on Collider, showing Bryan Fuller, former writer for Hannibal, dishing even further news on the production status was dropped:

‘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 Mad Mikkelson.” Fuller continued “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.”

Fuller then continued on claiming he’d love to return back to the series. He doesn’t know whether or not the series will be moved to a different network, but he does know 2017 will be judgement year:

“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.”

Months before this publication on Collider Hugh Dancy (Actor on Hannibal) revealed the first pitch of Hannibal season 4

“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.”

Well that sucks. Maybe the new idea WILL have the Silence Of The Lambs storyline. I just want to see Buffalo Bill do that crazy act again! It had me in stitches: “It puts the lotion in the basket or it gets the hose again , PUT THE FUCKING LOTION IN THE BASKET” x).

There you have it Fannibals! August 2017, we’ll have our answer. You could watch the rest of the Hannibal series on DVD now. Here’s hoping Hannibal returns.

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