‘Silence of the Lambs’ TV Series Planned on CBS
Clarice Starling is coming to the small screen. The character from “Silence of the Lambs,” which was played by Jodie Foster in the movie,” is getting a sequel series on CBS.
The show, titled “Clarice” will be penned by Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet, who will also serve as executive producers. The TV series will be set in 1993, a year after the events in the movie, and will take a dive into the life of Clarice as she pursues more predators and serial killers in Washington, D.C.
“After more than 20 years of silence, we’re privileged to give voice to one of America’s most enduring heroes – Clarice Starling,” the writers said. “Clarice’s bravery and complexity have always lit the way, even as her personal story remained in the dark. But hers is the very story we need today: her struggle, her resilience, her victory. Her time is now, and always.”
Foster won an Oscar for her role as Clarice. The film also took home the Best Picture plum in 1991 with Anthony Hopkins playing the iconic and unforgettable character of Hannibal Lecter. Casting for “Clarice” will be underway.
According to Variety, this is the second show to be spun off from the world of “Silence of the Lambs.” In 2012, NBC also did the show “Hannibal” with Bryan Fuller but the series didn’t extend beyond season 3.
Also in 2012, Lifetime was developing “Clarice” as a prequel series. It was supposed to follow her life as a new graduate from FBI before she met Hannibal. The project, however, didn’t go forward.
Meanwhile, Kurtzman and Lumet are also working on the expansion of the Star Trek universe with CBS. After “Star Trek: Discovery,” comes the new series “Star Trek: Picard” with Sir Patrick Stewart and the animated series “Star Trek: Lower Decks,” which is set to debut later this year.