When Hannibal comes back with a fourth season, do you think it should be designed as the final chapter of the series? I have a feeling it may be Bryan Fuller's intention.
I think you could do an equally decent story in one season or three. Bryan has talked about everything from a comic book to a movie to a miniseries to repeated miniseries events to a full season to a full several seasons. From that, I take it that he’ll take what he can get.
The last we heard was that they were still negotiating with two studios, not just Gaumont, which may indicate that Clarice and Jame Gumb could be back on the table, while Bryan promised that Will Graham would not be set aside. What that tells me is that DLC is not closing any doors. Martha de Laurentiis has been pretty straightforward in the past about wanting the full, 13-episode season with an option for more. Which only makes sense–I think that’s where they’d stand to make the most money, and a lot of their non-Mads Mikkelsen projects are in development hell right now, as far as I can tell. Bryan’s insistence that this should take a couple years to nail down is at least partially motivated by scheduling–he’s said as much–which might put him in a situation where he doesn’t have to manage American Gods at the same time. (I don’t know how long Bryan’s contract is with that show–he’s said some things in the past that have made me wonder if it might only be a three-year contract, although that’s entirely speculation on my part.) In the end, it’s going to depend on what the distributor wants to order. I imagine they worked up several proposals for various formats and lengths. As one does.
Bryan’s not getting any younger, and we know he’s motivated by the inevitability of his coming death. When he talked at the Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival, what I took from his speech–from him calling his own Pushing Daisies queerbait and talked about how he as an openly gay man had never gotten a chance to tell an openly gay story about an openly gay man until American Gods–was that if he ever wants to tell his own great gay genre love story between two men–two central characters–his only chance in his life might just be with Hannibal. I don’t think is his first priority when it comes to telling stories, but it obviously has some priority with him, and, bottom line, that opportunity may never arise for him again. If there’s anything he shares with Hannibal Lecter, it’s the wisdom to take life by the antlers. For tomorrow he may die.
Whatever format any future content may take, it will be with all the great passion that a man who lives under that philosophy can give.