Earlier this week, news came down about NBC deciding to cancel their critically acclaimed series “Hannibal” — focusing on the infamous cannibal killer created by novelist Thomas Harris — at the end of its third season. The following few days have seen an impassioned fan base take to social media to try and stir up an effort to save the show, with some citing streaming services like Amazon or Netflix as hopeful new homes of the series. Now, showrunner Bryan Fuller has commented on those possibilities.
In an interview with Variety, Fuller stated that one is more likely than the other due to a deal that’s already in place to stream previous episodes of the show. He said,
I believe our deal with Amazon precludes a Netflix component so I think Netflix, who has expressed interest and has expressed great enthusiasm for the show… I don’t think contractually with our Amazon contract, they can pick up the show.
He’s referring to a deal already in place with Amazon to stream the first three seasons of the show. Seasons one and two are already available for free streaming to Amazon Prime customers, and the third season is likely to follow suit sometime after it concludes later in the year. Fuller also disclosed that he hasn’t heard anything about another NBC Universal-owned network — like SyFy or USA — picking up the show, so any hope for a revival likely rests in the hands of the streaming giants.
Although the future for the show is now up in the air, Fuller seemed to encourage fans to keep drumming up support for the show via social media. He said,
The fact that the fannibals have been so passionate about the show and so enthusiastic, it always helps. It may not be the thing that seals the deal, but it is an indicator of audience interest.
“Hannibal” is currently airing its third season on NBC Thursdays at 10/9c. For more on any developments on the future of this series, keep an eye on GeekNation!
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