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Mads Mikkelsen Gives Promising Update on "Hannibal" Revival: "It’s Not Over Yet"

Mon 05 Feb 2024 | 10:14 PM
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Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen has said that there will “eventually” be a revival for his 2013 TV series "Hannibal". 

The series, which ran for three seasons and concluded in 2015, was based on Thomas Harris’ series of novels, Red Dragon, Hannibal, and Hannibal Rising. 

It starred Hugh Dancy as Will, a criminal profiler with a unique ability, who slowly sees his sanity taking a hit. The FBI advises he see Hannibal Lecter (played by Mikkelsen), a forensic psychiatrist who is secretly a cannibalistic serial killer. 


After more than a decade after the first episode, there have been some hints at a fourth season. 

In April 2023, series creator and showrunner Bryan Fuller hinted to Nerdist about a revival, saying: “There’s something about you know where we left Will and Hannibal at the cliff and this power tenderness and intimacy that they are experiencing in that moment that feels like it’s a launch pad.”

He added, “If you didn’t like season three you probably won’t like season four” and described the next season with the words: “Lured, erotic, intimacy”.

In a recent interview with Business Insider, Mikkelsen has teased that a fourth season may be created at some point.

“It’s no secret that all of us who were part of the cast and Bryan, we all want to go back,” Mikkelsen shared.

He explained that the revival is time-dependent on the actors’ ages, suggesting a jump in time as a possible solution. 

“It’s got to happen eventually sooner than later because we’re not getting any younger, right? But the story itself can jump, it can have that gap, which is fine,” Mikkelsen noted.

He continued, “So it’s all about finding a home for it, but that’s nothing concrete out there now. Why that’s the case? I don’t know. We love the show and there seem to be a lot of other people liking it as well,”.

Last month, Anthony Hopkins, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of the iconic villain in 1991 The Silence Of The Lambs, shared that Hannibal Lecter was “one of the best parts” he’d ever read.