For a long while, there were concerns that the television series, Hannibal, would not get past its third season. Not until recently has there been many opportunities that the show could be salvaged by new ideas and evolved content. After the third season ended, there was no clear direction for the show that could see it survive its poor ratings, but there is a lot of talk about bringing the show out of the cancellation closet for another run around the block. It is looking more and more as if there can be more seasons of Hannibal in the works.
The creator of Hannibal, Bryan Fuller, has been talking increasingly about the potential for a season 4 of the show. There seem to be several new ideas about the direction the show could take that would revive the life and performance of Hannibal for the future. While the executive producer, Martha De Laurentiis, admits that there are several hurdles that they must get over, the reality of the show returning is much closer than it was months ago, which is great for everyone involved.
According to sources close to those involved, there is an exciting new chapter that involves the relationship between Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham, and the unpacking of the details of this relationship will be absolutely fascinating. One consideration that has been given a great deal of attention is the option of integrating certain elements of Silence of the Lambs, which would bring the show fool circle. This something that worked out fairly well for the final season of Bates Motel. However, it is not clear if those involved are conceding that the resurrection of Hannibal would only be a one-season affair. If this is the case, it would seem that a great deal of effort is being exhausted on a very short-lived victory.
I get the idea that the Fuller and the producers are looking for something that has a little bit more shelf life to it.
There is no question that the show has a fanbase, with over 50,000 signatures dawning the pages of a petition that was created to convince NBC to order another season of the show. So, what was at the root of the cancellation of the show in the first place? Many people don’t believe that it was solely based on ratings, and with good cause, it seems.
According to De Laurentiis, a substantial problem with the show was that it fell victim to online piracy that saw millions of illegal downloads of the show, heavily impacting the bottom line for the Network. At the time that NBC decided to cancel the show, it was ranked as the fifth most illegally downloaded show for that year. It doesn’t take a great deal of latitude to make the leap to postulating that this financial hurdle played a role in the demise of the series.
The question now is whether or not the producers and their teams have resolved the piracy issue so that it does not create issues moving forward. One thing is certain, it seems that everyone involved is working to make sure that at least one more season of Hannibal hits the airwaves. This should give fans of the show something to look forward to.