Hannibal cast members Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy are out of contract - is the series dead?

The Hannibal TV series was recently cancelled and now the main cast, Hugh Dancy and the great Mads Mikkelsen are out of contract

NBC cancelled Hannibal just a few short days ago, after years of falling ratings despite it being one of the most interesting things on TV. Since then we've been hearing rumours of trying to move it to another network or streaming service, with Amazon the most likely new home for the show. But that's even less likely now with the news that cast contracts are expiring.

Leading players Mads Mikkelsen (who played Hannibal) and Hugh Dancy (Will Graham) are both now officially out of contract with the production of Hannibal. They're free to pursue other offers and with the profile boost of the show they're going to be getting plenty in the days and weeks to come. Mikkelsen in particularly is such a huge part of what makes the show unique that there would be no question of doing it without him.

It might not come to that - should Hannibal find a new home in the near future both actors have said they would be interested in coming back to these characters. Of course new contracts mean new negotiations and potentially more money, so it remains to be seen if those details can be hammered out.

Before all that, they need a network and a streaming service would give them even more room to show extreme content without the constraints of network TV. Amazon has a deal in place for streaming rights of the first three seasons so they would be best placed to take on a potential fourth season. Creator and showrunner Bryan Fuller has a new project in the works with Starz - an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's American Gods - so that complicates matters further. But he has said that one potential avenue to tie up things would be a movie version with this cast, that's something we'd love to see.

More on Hannibal as we get it.

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