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Bryan Fuller Wants to Resurrect “Hannibal” With ‘Silence of the Lambs’ Miniseries

NBC’s “Hannibal” was too good for this world. But all hope isn’t lost.

Believe it or not, it’s already been a year and a half since the plug was pulled and the final episode of “Hannibal” aired on NBC. Unfortunately, we only got three seasons of the exceptional television series before the low ratings caused the network to cancel it, and that’s a particular bummer because the fourth season was set to delve into the iconic Silence of the Lambs story.

Ever since the depressing announcement was made, creator Bryan Fuller has been keeping the hope alive, teasing a potential return or maybe even a feature film spinoff. It’s been a while since we’ve heard a peep about the possible re-animation of “Hannibal,” but speaking with podcast Shock Waves earlier this month, Fuller provided some more insight into what he’s planning.

Fuller explained what he’d love to do with the series, going forward:

We still hope that something can be worked out where we continue telling Hannibal Lecter stories and see The Silence of the Lambs in a way that the book hasn’t been represented. I think the film adaptation is a perfect film, but there are a lot of interesting nooks and crannies to explore in a television series. I hope we get to tell the story.

Ideally for the cast, it would be as a mini-series, here and there. Let’s do 6 to 8 episodes of that, and 6 to 8 episodes over here. And do it as an irregular thing.

We may not deserve it, but we NEED more of Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter.

Who would you cast to play Buffalo Bill? How about Clarice Starling?

Mads Mikkelson



  • Best show ever!

  • Charles Cumella

    Here’s hoping this REALLY happens!

  • Deadcalm

    That would be great. I think it would work better as a mini-series, which would perhaps avoid some of the pitfalls of the show – in particular, Season 1’s CSI-like repetition, or just the ridiculousness of certain characters in Season 3… honestly Jack… Will, WTF.

    Mads rules. Make it happen.

  • SpacemanSpliffz

    buffalo bill: javier bardem, hands down.
    clarice starling: rachel mcadams.

    puh-leeeeeez make this happen

  • Elizabeth

    I really, really, REALLY want this to happen but I think it probably belongs in the same file as when Joss and the Firefly crew talk about how they’d like to revisit the show. Fuller is so swamped, he can’t even do something as lucrative as Star Trek. And the Hannibal cast is busy with their own shows and films.

  • J Jett

    God, i want this to happen. my instant thought was Netflix but since HANNIBAL rights (or whatever) were sold to Amazon i guess that can’t happen.

  • Mehliens

    My inner Hannibal fan screams like a little girl

  • Werewolf

    Bill: Jeffrey Dean Morgan (obvious talent for playing sadists/psychos)

    Clarice: Natalie Dormer (just because)

  • oh_riginal

    Clarice Starling: Mary Elizabeth Winstead

    Buffalo Bill: Timothy Olyphant

    • Fergus Burke

      Oooooooh, that’s good! Fuck. Never thought of Olyphant as Bill. Great choice.

  • Cameron Fraser

    Well as long as they cut out the Tumblr fan fiction nonsense between Will and Hannibal I’d love the show to return.

  • Bryan Fuller has previously stated that his first casting choice for Buffalo Bill would be Lee Pace (Halt and Catch Fire) who he worked with on Pushing Daisies.

    He’s also mentioned possible interest in casting Ellen Page as Clarice.

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