Bryan Fuller's very busy at the moment thanks to his Starz series American Gods, which premiered to loads of acclaim last month and has already been renewed for a second season. That doesn't mean other projects aren't on his mind, though, and apparently Hannibal is still one of them.
Fuller's loose prequel to/adaptation of Thomas Harris' beloved Hannibal Lecter novels ran for three seasons on NBC, but despite a rabid fanbase ("Fannibals") and critics repeatedly singing the show's praises, it was never a ratings hit. After Hannibal's cancellation in 2015, Fuller openly courted offers to revive the show from streaming services, and while there apparently was a chance, the scheduling never worked out. So Hannibal went dormant and Fuller moved on to American Gods and Star Trek: Discovery, but he never stopped thinking about bringing back the series.
Fuller was a guest on director Mick Garris' Post Mortem podcast this week, and he revealed that conversations about returning to Hannibal are ongoing. He even recently pitched a new idea to stars Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal Lecter) and Hugh Dancy (Will Graham).
“I have conversations with [executive producer] Martha De Laurentiis,” Fuller said. “I have conversations with Mads and Hugh. We’re are all excited about the prospect of returning to the story. There’s some hurdles to get through… [But] I just had a great idea for season 4. There’s an interesting next chapter in the relationship between Will Graham and Hannibal Lecter that would be fascinating to unpack. I’ve shared it with the gentlemen and they’re both keen on it.”
One of the hallmarks of Hannibal as it progressed was developing richer subplots for its supporting characters, including Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) and Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas). Fuller's thought of that, too.
"There’s a whole storyline that I want to do with Katharine Isabelle’s character, Margot Verger, who now is the mother of the Verger heir and in control of the Verger meatpacking industry." Fuller said. "I wanted her to humanize all the Verger meatpacking plants and turn them over to PETA-approved [authority]. That would definitely be marbled through the season, Margot Verger taking down the meat industry as a hot, powerful lesbian."
Margot Verger and her schemes against her brother Mason (Michael Pitt and Joe Anderson) was one of the most entertaining elements of the second and third seasons of the show, and keeping her around would be lots of fun, particularly if you keep Alana Bloom in the mix too.
More importantly than all of that, though, Fannibals will be pleased to know that Fuller's mind is still turning with regard to Hannibal. He doesn't need the show. He's got another hit series now, and other intriguing projects (including Amazing Stories) in development. He still loves Dr. Lecter's world, though, and that means hope of a fourth season is still very much alive.