CBS has officially ordered a Silence of the Lambs sequel series set to focus on Clarice Starling. The show will be titled, Clarice.
It’s that time of year again, the time when networks begin preparing their slates for the upcoming 2020-2021 television season. The Hollywood Reporter shared that CBS announced that they are developing a sequel series to Silence of the Lambs, one that will focus on Clarice Starling. The series will fittingly be titled, Clarice.
Reportedly, the network has given a “sizable” series commitment to the show, although it still needs a formal pickup. But based on the article, it sounds like CBS is ready to make it happen and hopes to anchor their 2020-2021 slate with the drama.
Star Trek: Discovery showrunner, Alex Kurtzman, is set to helm the series. Supposedly, the writer’s room has already penned a pilot script.
“After more than 20 years of silence, we’re privileged to give voice to one of America’s most enduring heroes – Clarice Starling,” said Kurtzman alongside Jenny Lumet. Lumet is a co-showrunner on Star Trek: Discovery and will work on the pilot script with Kurtzman.
Clarice will focus entirely on the personal story of Starling; a role originated by Jodie Foster.
It sounds like the crime drama will be something akin to a police procedural, with Clarice tracking down serial killers and sexual predators for the FBI while navigating the political terrain of Washington D.C.
No actress has been announced for the title role yet. If CBS is as dedicated to the project as they seem to be, it’s likely casting is already underway.
This is far from the first time television has tried to continue the legacy of Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling. Bryan Fuller’s short-lived NBC series, Hannibal, is still very popular with its loyal fanbase. However, this is the first time we’ll see a potential sequel focused specifically on Clarice. It’s not clear if Hannibal will ever appear in the series.
Are you a fan of The Silence of the Lambs franchise? What do you think about a sequel television series following Clarice Starling’s story?