Both Amazon and Netflix have passed on resurrecting “Hannibal” from a series cancellation, executive producer Bryan Fuller disclosed the news in a Twitter post Monday.
The streaming companies have been facing the heat from fans (Fannibals, as they’re called) after NBC announced that it is discontinuing the prequel to the “Silence of the Lambs” following season 3.
While Amazon holds the streaming rights to the show and was therefore a more likely candidate to bring back the critically acclaimed show, Netflix was behind in the race as the agreement with Amazon “precludes a Netflix component,” according to Fuller.
— Bryan Fuller (@BryanFuller) July 6, 2015
Although Fuller had said in an interview with Variety that Hannibal’s resurrection was in the works with both streaming companies, he later said that NBC’s absence as a studio on the project is a major blow.
“Without an NBC component, it’s a little complicated,” Fuller said. “Even some of our international partners, because there’s no NBC component, will pass on a fourth season.”
The season 3 of “Hannibal” premiered on June 4. At present, it is averaging a low .50 in the 18-49-year-old demographic with 1.74 million viewers, according to Nielsen. On the other hand, the second season averaged 0.86 in the same category with 2.54 million viewers.
“Hannibal” is based on characters from Thomas Harris’ novel “Red Dragon” (published in 1981 with a movie adaptation in 2002). According to Business Insider, the show stars Hugh Dancy as FBI special agent Will Graham, a crime scene investigator; and Mad Mikkelsen as Lecter, a forensic psychiatrist.
The season finale of “Hannibal” will be aired on NBC on August 27.
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