Fans of Hannibal Lecter should not give up hope yet, but a lot of patience may be required. According to series creator and showrunner Bryan Fuller, working on a sequel is just a matter of time.
In an interview with Collider, Fuller said, "The cast is game, I'm game, it's just a matter of finding the right tie where everybody's schedules are sync up, but I would love to continue to tell the story with Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen." He added, "They're such a fantastic collaborators, and one of the most satisfying actor-showrunner relationships I've ever had in this industry. So I would love to continue this story."
It was a sad news for the many viewers when NBC decided to cancel the show. Amazon owns the streaming rights, but more options will be explored as to where season 4 should be aired. Fuller shared, "August 2017 is when we can actually start talking about it. That's when we would have to see what the rights are for the character and for the story, and see who's interested and how we get it done."
In a separate interview, actor Hugh Dancy, who plays Will Graham on the series, shared that Fuller has already told him what the fourth season will be about. He said, "It was really fantastic. It was a complete restart, without describing it — because who knows, God knows, maybe some way we may be able to do it in the future."
He further shared that the concept will make total sense of the season 3 cliffhanger. He said the plot will take the story back to the first season in an unexpected way that will justify the ending. The story is inspired by the book but will not be like the "Silence of the Lambs" storyline.
Although it looks like fans of the show will have to wait for at least two years to see what happens next, it is comforting to know that hope for a fourth season remains.