CBS will explore what exactly happened to Agent Clarice Starling after her encounter with Hannibal Lector in a “Silence of the Lambs” spinoff series…
Did those lambs stop screaming?
Well a new series based on the aftermath of “Silence of the Lambs” will seek to answer that question after CBS ordered “Clarice” straight to series with Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek: Picard) and Jenny Lumet (Star Trek: Discovery) on board as creators.
“Clarice” will take place in 1993, one year after the events of “Silence of the Lambs” as Clarice “returns to the field to pursue serial murderers and sexual predators while navigating the high stakes political world of 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,” Kurtzman and Lumet said in a joint statement. “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.”
Of course this won’t be the first sequel set in the world of “Silence of the Lambs,” although this will be the first series that specifically follows Clarice Starling’s travels after tackling “Buffalo Bill” as her first official case. Author Thomas Harris also penned the book “Hannibal” that was later transformed into a film of the same name.
A different series titled “Hannibal” was eventually developed for NBC, which ran for three seasons. The show struggled to gain a foothold in the ratings but “Hannibal” enjoyed a passionate fanbase and remained a critical darling until the series was eventually cancelled.
There’s no word yet when “Clarice” will land on television but CBS is committed enough to give the show a straight to series coommitment.