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It’s a good news day for fans of the television show Hannibal (which I would hope is most people). After the drama series abrupt cancellation by NBC last year at the end of its third season, fans were hoping for some spark of light that could bring Hannibal back to life. As it turns out that might just be the case, as Mads Mikkelsen has given fans just a little hope to cling to.
While speaking with The Sunday Express, Mads Mikkelsen, who played the title character in the show Hannibal, was asked his thoughts on the possibility of the show coming back. While nothing's definitive, Mikkelsen seemed hopeful that the show could return in the future for a fourth season, and that it all depended on the show creator Bryan Fuller.
It all depends on Bryan. He is the key, the base, the heart. 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.
It’s interesting that Hannibal could come back at all seeing as how the show ended with Hannibal falling off of a cliff with co-star Will Graham, played by Hugh Dancy, but Mads Mikkelsen joked that “it was a soft cliff.” That’s a somewhat open ending, and Mikkelsen went on to elaborate that though he liked the ending, the show still had more stories tell.
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.
Hannibal was a television adaptation of a series of novels by Thomas Harris about a murderous psychiatrist named Hannibal Lector. You may know the character best from the Oscar-winning film Silence of the Lambs, based on the 1988 book of the same name, where in Hannibal was played by Anthony Hopkins. The television show was actually close to doing its own version of Silence of the Lambs, but ran into issues with the rights. According to Mads Mikkelsen, the rights issues were actually closed to being solved and that it was “right around the corner,” before it was cancelled, which is a major gut punch to fans that were looking forward to arguably the most well-known story from those novels.
While Hannibal’s fate is up in the air, fans can still see Mads Mikkelsen, who has roles in Doctor Strange and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, both of which come out later at the end of this year.