I had an opportunity to chat with Hannibal Showrunner Bryan Fuller and star Hugh Dancy last night at NBC’s Comic Con party.
I was able to talk to Hugh Dancy first. Dancy was welcoming, friendly and genuine. He seems to absolutely love his time working on Hannibal. After I pointed out that Bryan Fuller is known for keeping the actors he uses around for new projects, I asked him who he was going to play in American Gods, Fuller’s upcoming Starz series. Hugh said that American Gods’ development isn’t at that stage yet, but that he would love to work with Fuller again. He told me that his slow conversation scenes with Mad Mikkelsen (Hannibal Lecter) are his favorite scenes to film. Another critic brought up the giant human heart tableau transforming into a stag this season. Hugh told us that Bryan Fuller considered shooting another take in which Hugh’s Will didn’t look as horrified, and that he had to remind him of how horrifying the imagery would actually be.
Overall, Hugh Dancy seemed a little sad to me, though he also seemed to be rather introspective, so I might have read into that. The cancellation of Hannibal was apparently a heavy blow to nearly all in attendance, from NBC reps, to Hannibal cast and staff, to the press in attendance. Dancy said that he will probably never have the opportunity to do something like Hannibal again. It is clear that the series has a special place in his heart, as it does with many of the shows fans.
While Hugh was quietly friendly and introspective, Showrunner Bryan Fuller was the life of the party. Wearing a Stars Wars blazer, and sporting a wide smile, Fuller was eager to gab and laugh with fans, colleagues, and critics.
Years ago, I had sent Mr. Fuller a tweet saying my sister wants him to make an Arabian Nights series. At the time he responded favorably to the idea. Bringing up the tweet again, Fuller said that he would love an Arabian Nights series, and that it would be a blast to make, but that his current priority is on the development of Starz upcoming American Gods adaptation. Jokingly, I asked him about his other project, Netflix series Fuller House. Catching the joke immediately, Fuller said that if they are going to use his name, all of the characters should die horribly.
I am eager to see what Bryan Fuller has cooked up for the rest of Hannibal’s final season. It is unlikely that the series will be picked up by another network or streaming service, though there is talk of a possible feature.
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