Season 4? Bryan Fuller and Cast Respond

The Hannibal cast — including series creator Bryan Fuller and stars Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, and Gillian Anderson — reunited for an online chat panel to help raise funds for The Okra Project.

As part of Nerdist House, an ongoing series of panels, movie screenings, and digital events, Hannibal’s heavy hitters sat for an hour to reminisce about the cult show’s three seasons on NBC – and what the prospects might be for a fourth season!

Of course, nothing was said officially, but Fuller, as always, appeared optimistic about the chance to possibly adapt The Silence of the Lambs.

“It will be interesting to see what happens with the show moving forward,” he said, “or whether there is ever to be a Silence of the Lambs miniseries with this cast.”

Of course, the big hurdle here is that MGM owns the rights to that particular book, and the character of Clarice Starling (hence MGM TV and CBS teaming up for a Clarice Starling procedural series), but Fuller also mentioned how much the show already borrowed from the Clarice character.

“What’s interesting is that we took so much from Clarice and wove it into Will Graham in a way that kind of hybridized those characters.”

If the show does return some day, Fuller teased an idea that he feels is a good jumping off point. “I am very hopeful,” he explained. “The great thing about the idea — with members of the cast in terms of where we’re going – is that if we are going to take five years, six years, seven years or what have you and everyone’s still interested in coming back then that’s just how long they’ve been on the lam, as it were. Then the story picks up from that point and we’ll adapt.”

“It will be like Grumpy Old Men with cannibalism,” Dancy joked.

If you’d like the watch the entire Hannibal panel, check it out below. The questions and chat about a possible Season 4 begins around the 57:00 minute mark…

Fuller also brought up a possible climate change for a future “dream season” of the show. “[Season 4 is] very sort of sunny and sweaty, as compared to the cold harsh realities of Toronto. I think it would be fun to go sweaty and sunny and beachy and a whole new temperature.”

So in this new tropical world of Hannibal, does Dr. Lecter wear sandals?

“No,” Mikkelsen said, rather emphatically.

All three seasons of Hannibal are currently available to stream on Netflix and the series also made IGN’s list of the Best TV Shows of the Last Decade.

Want to know which celebrity passed on the chance to play Clarice Starling? Pull up the slideshow below…


Matt Fowler is a writer for IGN and a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler and Facebook at Facebook.com/MattBFowler.

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