Streaming giants decline chance to pick up Hannibal
Both Amazon and Netflix say no to the axed NBC drama.
Both Amazon and Netflix have declined the chance to pick up Hannibal, after it was axed by NBC.
— Bryan Fuller (@BryanFuller) July 6, 2015
Whether that’s directly due to cast members being released from contracts is unclear.
Both streaming services were considered the best hopes of the show continuing, especially given Amazon holds the rights to the first three seasons.
That still leaves other possibilities such as NBC-owned Syfy, USA or Esquire, which are all heavy on scripted dramas as of late.
But as Variety recently noted, problems can arise without NBC involved, as an international component is key and much funding comes from Europe, which is how Gaumont, the French studio behind Hannibal, championed for the current season’s renewal.
Fuller recently said, “Without an NBC component, it’s a little complicated. Even some of our international partners, because there’s no NBC component, will pass on a fourth season.”
Fuller is keeping the writers intact, just in case.