Hannibal season 4: Mads Mikkelsen fears revival is running out of time

Mads Mikkelsen is still interested in playing Hannibal Lecter in a revival of the TV series, but says they’re running out of time


Almost eight years have gone by since NBC cancelled the television series Hannibal, which was created by Bryan Fuller and inspired by characters in novels by Thomas Harris, after its third season. Ever since, Fuller and stars Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy have been joining fans in hoping that Hannibal will be able to continue on some other network or streaming service someday. Talking to Deadline while on the red carpet for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, Mikkelsen said there’s still a chance that a Hannibal revival will happen… but they’re running out of time.

Asked if there’s ever any chance he’d play Hannibal again, Mikkelsen told Deadline, “Always a chance. There’s always a chance. It’s all about finding a home for it. Of course, we’re running out of time. We can’t wait twenty years, but in the next couple of years, if somebody finds a home, I think we’re all ready to take it up again.

Hannibal focused on the relationship between FBI special investigator Will Graham (Dancy) and Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mikkelsen), a forensic psychiatrist destined to become Graham’s most cunning enemy and at the same time, the only person who can understand him.

Mikkelsen and Dancy were joined in the cast by Caroline Dhavernas, Hettienne Park, Laurence Fishburne, Scott Thompson, Aaron Abrams, Gillian Anderson.

Fuller executive produced Hannibal with Martha De Laurentiis, Sidonie Dumas, Christophe Riandee, Katie O’Connell, Elisa Roth, Sara Colleton, David Slade, Chris Brancato, Jesse Alexander, Michael Rymer, and Steve Lightfoot. The writers on the show included Channel Zero creator Nick Antosca and Child’s Play / Chucky franchise mastermind Don Mancini.

Fuller is currently working on Crystal Lake, a TV show based on the Friday the 13th franchise that’s set up at Peacock. Well, he’s actually currently on strike with the rest of the Writers Guild, but he was working on Crystal Lake before the writers strike began and will presumably return to it when the strike is over.

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Source: Deadline

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