Hannibal show creator Bryan Fuller has hinted that he is in talk with Netflix and Amazon to renew his horror masterpiece after it was cancelled by NBC after season 3 due to dismal viewership ratings.
"I know there have been discussions on a couple of fronts with Netflix and Amazon," Fuller told Variety.
The show creator also said that the streaming companies sound interested to adopt the daring drama though the entire process is complicated as Amazon holds the right to the first three seasons of Hannibal.
"But I believe our deal with Amazon precludes a Netflix component so I think Netflix, who has expressed interest and has expressed great enthusiasm for the show… I don't think contractually with our Amazon contract, they can pick up the show."
"All I know is that things are being discussed with venues to see how interested they actually are. I don't know to what extent," Fuller told the entertainment website. "Without an NBC component, it's a little complicated. Even some of our international partners, because there's no NBC component, will pass on a fourth season."
Hannibal is a twisted horror series showcasing psychologically disturbing violence which includes meals prepared from human flesh. The power cast of the show includes Mads Mikkelsen as the dreaded doctor Hannibal Lecter and Hugh Dancy as the FBI agent Will Graham who is hunting for the cannibal psycho doctor.
If the show returns to either of the streaming services, Fuller teases that season 4 will reinvent Graham-Hannibal relationship all over again.
"Season four would be a re-examination and reinterpretation of the Will Graham-Hannibal Lecter relationship in a fashion that is unlike anything else we've done in the show. So it is, in many ways, a whole reinvention of the show, in an exciting way. And if it weren't for the appeal of that, I would be very fine with saying, "Season three, really strange season, something to be very proud of," and just letting it go at that," Fuller told Vulture.
He also says that the cancelled series will be terrifyingly creative if it returns for another season.
"The idea that I have for season four is so terrifying creatively, and also inspiring, that I feel like, "Well, let's explore the possibility of an off-NBC season four," because I would get a chance to work with Hugh and Mads again, and all these other great actors in these roles, and also challenge myself and the writers to do something that is once again completely different from what we've done in the previous three seasons."
Hannibal season 3 airs every Thursday night on NBC network.