More than a week after NBC cancelled Hannibal after three seasons, the cannibal drama still is looking for a new launch pad. While the chances of a Netflix pickup always seemed remote, Hannibal executive producer Bryan Fuller took to Twitter today to say that Amazon also has passed on picking up the series. Holding exclusive streaming rights to past and current seasons of the show, Amazon did look to many to be a natural home for more of the series based on Thomas Harris’ novels.
Last week, producer Gaumont International Television let the options expire on stars Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen, and the duo already are fielding film and TV offers. Their availability is only one obstacle in the way of a pickup: Despite Amazon holding exclusive streaming rights, Fuller already has segued to his next series, Starz’s American Gods. The producer has said he remains committed to Hannibal, but a possible fourth season has to wait for him to finish the recently ordered first season of the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s bestseller. That scheduling issue was a very big factor in Amazon’s passing on more Hannibal, sources tell me. With American Gods starting to ramp up, Fuller wouldn’t be available for more than a year to dig into more Hannibal — a timespan Amazon was not willing to wait out.
The game is not up yet for the series, but the players are getting fewer and fewer. The subject undoubtedly will be much on the minds of fans in the San Diego Convention Center’s Ballroom 20 on July 11 when Fuller and fellow EP Martha De Laurentiis join Dancy and cast member Richard Armitage for a Hannibal panel at Comic-Con — which could be the last one.