SILENCE OF THE LAMBS To Get Inevitable TV Show Sequel Named CLARICE

Carla Harmon
January 14, 2020

It's been confirmed that CBS is working on a sequel series and will pick up with Starling's career, following the events of Silence of the Lambs (versus the sequel novel/movie Hannibal).

CBS announced Sunday it has given a series commitment to "Clarice", based on the Federal Bureau of Investigation agent played by Jodie Foster in the Oscar-winning best picture, "The Silence of the Lambs".

CBS's Clarice will not be based on Hannibal (the book) and - per Deadline - will be "set in 1993, a year after the events of The Silence of the Lambs". "Clarice's courage and complexity have always lit the way, even if her personal story has remained in the dark". Though there's some uncertainty about how CBS will handle her story, we'll just have to wait and see what's to come. Her time is now, and always, ' they added.

This news comes a soft blow to fans of NBC's Hannibal, who've been hoping the series might return and do a Silence of the Lambs-based fourth season.

Alex Kurtzman, best known for being the executive behind the reboot of the Star Trek franchise and writer of movies like Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, Mission: Impossible III and The Mummy, will make the show, with production partner Jenny Lumet.

The Silence of the Lambs began as a novel by author Thomas Harris, published in 1988. Clarice Starling is a character who deserves to have her story told, and I am thrilled that she'll be back on the screen in the near future.

Will the use of Clarice Starling as a character be different from any other crime procedural? It's not clear if Hannibal will ever appear in the series.

After showing as the protagonist in The Silence of the Lambs (except you think about Hannibal Lecter the protagonist), Clarice Starling additionally briefly appeared in the movie's sequel Hannibal.

This isn't the first attempt at a television series based on Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Clarice Starling, however, as a similar 2012 project by Lifetime never materialized. Since that didn't exactly pull in the ratings, though, my assumption is that CBS will play it safe with a more traditional case-of-the-week format for Clarice.

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