There has been a lot of talk over the years about a Hannibal revival, but nothing’s happened. Here’s why it needs to happen with Netflix.
I remember first watching Hannibal when it came on the air back in 2013 and being blown away by it.
I’ve been a huge fan of the Hannibal movies and I never really thought someone could do a better job as the forensic psychiatrist which a penchant for eating human flesh.
However, I was wrong. Before watching Mads Mikkelsen’s performance, I always thought of Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal.
Yet, now I can only really think of Mikkelsen’s performance and I’ve bee aching to see him return to the role ever since the show was cancelled.
The show was cancelled after only three seasons on NBC.
Despite a huge call for someone to pick it up, nobody did.
This did seem strange to me at the time because the show had so much potential.
Hannibal is easily one of the best shows on Netflix
The show was developed by Bryan Fuller who’s something of a legend in the TV world.
It had an incredible cast featuring the likes of Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburn and Caroline Dhavernas.
The show also starred the incredible Gillian Anderson as Bedelia Du Maurier.
With all that talent behind the show, you’d expect someone like Netflix, Amazon or Hulu to snap it up, but none of them did.
Back in 2015, Fuller did discuss the possibility of the show being picked up by someone, yet it never came to fruition.
That was a huge shame and still to this day a bit of a mystery.
Why did no one want the show? Well, the answer is simple – the show cost a bomb to make at the time.
However, recent developments in the TV space mean that the money is now there to make a show like Hannibal.
And when I say the money’s there to make it, I’m not talking about making one or two seasons.
I mean making five more seasons of Hannibal.
Mads Mikkelsen’s performance is incredible
There definitely is the room to make more seasons of Hannibal.
The show is unlike anything else ever made in the psychological horror genre.
I honestly can’t think of anything else like it.
It was unique and had a unique take on a very popular character.
Fuller did talk about wanting to do his take on The Silence of the Lambs storyline.
Imagine seeing that storyline with Mads Mikkelsen’s Hannibal instead of Hopkins?
Now, that would be something worth waiting for.
Mikkelsen exclusively revealed to Bloody Disgusting that he suspected Fuller to be securing rights to The Silence of the Lambs, saying in full:
Yeah, I think there’s always new hope. I haven’t heard anything specific. I know Bryan is still working on some ideas where we can find a new home for this. I also have a strong feeling that everybody who was involved in it would gladly pick up the glove again if that happens […] I don’t know where they looked. That is above my paycheck, but I know they’ve been talking to different studios. I know that [Fuller] was working to get the rights to Silence of the Lambs so he could get in there and use some of those characters for his own universe. I have a hunch that might be where we’re going.
Bryan Fuller and the actors want to do it
Moreover, Bryan Fuller isn’t the only person who’s said they would like to return to the show.
The likes of Mikkelsen, Fishburn and Dancy have all said they’d be up for doing some more seasons of the show.
However, there’s also room to bring in new actors to play new characters.
How would play Clarice Starling, for instance?
It would be really interesting to see the likes of Fuller and Mikkelsen get to do their spin on the story and they go beyond it.
There are so many books by Thomas Harris to explore, and so much more incredible storylines to cover.
It would be such a shame for Netflix or someone similar not to take up the chance to do a Hannibal revival.
Netflix is the perfect place for Hannibal
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Then there’s the fact that Netflix seems to be very good at making these sorts of shows.
We’ve seen then make shows such as Dark, Rain and Marrianne, which are all brilliant horror/thrillers.
They like to splurge money on them and people like to watch them.
So, why can’t Netflix just get on with it and get the Hannibal revival up and running?
We’re waiting here, and Hannibal fans are getting hungry for more.
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