A TV series based around FBI Agent Clarice Starling is in development.
The show – inspired by the character created by author Thomas Harris – will act as a sequel series to the award-winning horror/thriller, The Silence of the Lambs. According to Deadline, the series will be set in 1993, will focus purely on Starling, and will not include appearances from Hannibal Lecter.
Clarice is being written and executive produced by Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet. Speaking via Deadline, Kurtzman and Lumet, said: “After more than 20 years of silence, we’re privileged to give voice to one of America’s most enduring heroes – Clarice Starling.”
They added: “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.”
At present, Clarice is just at the pilot stage, without a full-series order. If it is picked up beyond the pilot, the show will air on CBS.
The series follows hot on the heels of the fan-favourite show, Hannibal which aired for three seasons between 2013 and 2015. Hannibal – which focused on Hannibal Lecter and did not feature Clarice Starling – picked up quite a following during its 39-episode run, with fans still calling for its revival.
Could Clarice be the key to Hannibal‘s return?
While renewed interest in Clarice/The Silence of the Lambs could help revive Hannibal, it’s unlikely that anything will happen at present. Clarice would need to prove successful at the pilot stage, then become a big hit for anyone to consider recommissioning Hannibal – but here’s hoping!
And if all this talk about Clarice Starling and The Silence of the Lambs has got you interested in the world of Hannibal Lecter, head on over to my post: ‘What is the best order to watch the Hannibal Lecter movies?‘, where you will find a guide to the film series. This post will give you a rundown of all the Lecter films to date, as well as provide you with the order to watch them in!