Now that all three seasons of Hannibal are showing on Netflix, Bryan Fuller's unique take on the story of Hannibal Lecter is enjoying a massive resurgence, largely due to the outstanding quality of the show's writing, cast and overall tone.
With superb performances from Hugh Dancy, Caroline Dhavernas and the fresh, chilling new approach to the character of Lecter himself from Mads Mikkelsen, Hannibal managed to hit the main story beats of the source material, despite having to totally reshape the series' structure due to issues over the rights to The Silence of the Lambs.
'Fannibals' are now on the rise again and this has led to rumours of a fourth season, potentially running against a greenlit spinoff season from CBS entitled 'Clarice.' With the plot lines of Red Dragon, Hannibal and to some extent Hannibal Rising covered, it seems that the only place left to go now, aside from more original material, is The Silence of the Lambs.
While this is possibly the future of the show and without question what the fans want to see, the issue of character rights remains a considerable obstacle. Here are all the facts, the most recent statements from those involved and some predictions for the future of the best horror show on TV.