Hannibal has not been picked up by Netflix or Amazon for a fourth season, Bryan Fuller has announced.
The creator of the show took to Twitter to inform fans of the latest bad news in the ongoing fight to resurrect the NBC show, after the network gave it the axe last month. The series being dropped was no surprise to Fuller or its producers, due to low ratings on NBC.
“NBC has allowed us to craft a television series that no other broadcast network would have dared, and kept us on the air for three seasons despite Cancellation Bear Chow ratings and images that would have shredded the eyeballs of lesser Standards & Practices enforcers,” he said in a statement at the time. http://deadline.com/2015/06/hannibal-cancelled-3-seasons-nbc-1201451774/
Since word first broke, a petition has been launched to try and save Hannibal, while #SaveHannibal is now a regularly used hashtag on Twitter. While hope initially lay at the door of the two major streaming services, though, both Amazon and Netflix have passed on the show, Fuller tweeted yesterday.
“We’re still investigating possibilities,” he added.
Deadline reports that, despite Amazon holding the rights to Hannibal in the US, the retailer was not keen to revive the show, Ripper Street-style, because of scheduling issues. Indeed, Fuller has already signed on for a new project: an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods with Starz. While he has insisted that he would be available to work on a fourth season of Hannibal, sources told Deadline that having to wait for him to finish the first season of Gods was a delay that sapped Amazon’s appetite.
Producers Gaumont International Television, meanwhile, have now effectively released Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen from contracts, so they are already fielding offers for new TV and film roles.
Fuller told Hitfix in a recent interview that there was a “50/50 chance” of renewal.
“There’s certain places that can’t do it for various reasons. There’s other places that are interested in doing a fourth season. I’m very curious which way it will go. I honestly have no idea,” he said.
The “What are you thinking? Renew Hannibal” petition currently has 76,200 signatures.
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