A Silence of the Lambs TV show focused on Clarice Starling is in development. TV giant CBS, whose parent company also owns GameSpot, has announced a new drama called Clarice that will focus on the FBI agent’s life following the events of The Silence of the Lambs.
The show is being written by Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, The Mummy) and Jenny Lumet (Star Trek: Discovery, Rachel Getting Married), and they will also executive produce. It takes place one year after the events of The Silence of the Lambs, in 1993. Variety describes the show in this way: “The show is a deep dive into the untold personal story of Starling as she returns to the field to pursue series murderers and sexual predators while navigating the high stakes political world of Washington D.C.”
Kurtzman and Lumet said Starling’s own personal life has always “remained in the dark,” so they are excited to tell her story on TV. “But hers is the very story we need today: her struggle, her resilience, her victory. Her time is now, and always,” they said.
Starling the character was created by writer Thomas Harris in the 1988 novel The Silence of the Lambs as a sequel to his 1981 book Red Dragon. Jodie Foster played Clarice in the 1991 Silence of the Lambs movie, and she won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance. In total, the movie picked up five Oscar wins, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins), Best Actress (Jodie Foster), Best Director (Jonathan Demme), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Ted Tally).
Clarice returned in 2001’s Hannibal movie, though Foster elected to not return; instead Julianne Moore played Clarice. There is no word on who will play Clarice on the CBS TV show or what other characters might appear.
The TV network Lifetime announced a Clarice show of its own in 2012, though the project never got off the ground. Additionally, the NBC TV show Hannibal wanted to introduce the character Clarice, but the rights-holders had other plans.
Hannibal, which stars Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter, is a much-loved TV show that ended after just three seasons. Fans have called for a fourth season, but so far it hasn’t happened. Bryan Fuller, who created the Hannibal TV show, said on Twitter that the announcement of CBS’ new Clarice show does not mean Hannibal Season 4 won’t happen.
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