At the moment, it is safe to say that “Hannibal” the TV series is over, but there is still a chance for a feature film at some point down the road.
We’ve seen showrunner Bryan Fuller give many interviews on the end of the series and what could be coming up for the show next, and speaking to The Hollywood Reporter he made it clear that Martha De Laurentiis is working to get together some sort of financing for a movie. We’ve always said that we prefer continuing with the TV medium if possible, but if it is not, it is far better to have a feature film than nothing else in this world. Plus, Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen are film actors, so it is hardly that rough a transition. The hard part comes in waiting. Fuller certainly made it clear tonight that there is still a long ways to go until we see anything more with this franchise; personally, we think that it would be 2017 at the earliest when something else related to the show could come out. Fuller also feels like there is something from the Hannibal novel that has not been done in other source material that he would like to do.
If this is the end of the road for his adaptation, what are we to make of the final scene featuring Will Graham and Hannibal Lecter careening off the side of the cliff? Ultimately, that interpretation is up to you:
“I don’t think you can assume anything. It’s very intentionally left obscure but hopefully somewhat satisfying for the audience. If there is a continuation of this story with Will Graham and Hannibal Lecter and Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen in those roles then of course they survived. And if not then it’s a big fat question mark.”
In the end, we do feel like the story is largely-complete for these characters, and in the event you cannot get some of these people back for a movie, at least people like Alana Bloom and Margot Verger seem to have their happy ending. There is still unfinished business, though, for Will, Hannibal, and especially Chilton give his present position.
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