Hope for Hannibal Season 4 Dwindles as Cast Are Released


Here’s a bad sign for those holding onto hope that Hannibal will manage to find a new home and continue on with season 4.

Deadline is reporting that the cast of Hannibal, which includes stars Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy, are no longer being held by any contract. NBC cancelled the series around a week and a half ago, and their contracts have now expired. Hannibal‘s producing company Gaumont International Television hasn’t extended options, which points to a lack of movement on the hunt for a new home, and apparently Mikkelsen and Dancy are “already fielding film and TV offers”.

A few days ago showrunner Bryan Fuller revealed that there were talks with Netflix and Amazon regarding the possibility of one picking up the show, but it’s not looking good. While potential investors are still in talks, not having cast members on board with contracts means that they’ll be soon signing dotted lines elsewhere. After all, they can’t just wait around in the hope their work continues with Hannibal.

And one’s already moved on.

The first cast member with a new gig is Laurence Fishburne, who plays Jack Crawford in the series. Fishburne has signed on to take a leading role in A+E Networks’ remake of Roots, the acclaimed 1977 series that told of author Alex Haley’s family history.

On top of that, Fuller now has a major job as the developer/executive producer to Starz’s upcoming series American Gods. While Fuller would love to have Hannibal go on, his priorities are with his new project.

“The question would be for the potential new distribution partner is how comfortable they are in waiting,” Fuller said to Deadline last week. “Because I do have an obligation to American Gods and a passion for American Gods, so I absolutely want to service that in the way that it needs to be serviced.”

Again, it’s not looking good. We’ll keep you informed.

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