It looks there’s still an appetite for Hannibal Lecter as CBS orders a brand new series based on the character of Clarice Starling. Fans have been clamouring to find out more about the feisty FBI agent, and now, it looks like their dreams have finally come through.
As one of the most famous fictional females of all time, Clarice is known in horror circles as the woman who took on Dr. Hannibal Lecter and lived to tell the tale. An upcoming TV series promises to shed new light on Clarice and add a new chapter to her life.
According to Deadline, Star Trek: Discovery‘s Alex Kurtzman and screenwriter Jenny Lumet will helm Clarice. A pilot had been commissioned with an idea of a full series order, but with a writer’s room already set up and plenty of hype surrounding the project, Tinseltown is ‘hungry’ for Clarice.
The site confirms Clarice will be set in 1993 and follow the titular character after the events of The Silence of the Lambs. Agent Starling will find herself back in the field and tracking down high-profile serial killers and sexual predators while also taking on the political powers of Washington D.C.
In a statement, 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.
“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.”
Made famous by Thomas Harris’ 1988 book, The Silence of the Lambs, Clarice made the leap to the silver screen and was played by Jodie Foster in the 1991 movie of the same name. Julianne Moore then replaced Foster and took over the role for 2001’s Hannibal. Although Clarice was briefly mentioned at the end of Red Dragon, she didn’t directly appear.
It’s interesting that Clarice will take place between the events of Silence and Hannibal, meaning there’s every chance Dr. Lecter himself could appear. That being said, let’s not forget the ‘other’ Hannibal Lecter from recent years.
After Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal bowed out in 2015, viewers have been calling for a continuation following the cliffhanger ending. A complicated rights battle with MGM meant NBC couldn’t secure the rights to Clarice or any of the Silence of the Lambs characters.
Instead, Hannibal shifted focus onto Will Graham (brilliantly played by Hugh Dancy and his complicated relationship with Dr. Lecter (played equally as brilliants by mads Mikkelsen.
Even if Clarice isn’t the Hannibal revival everyone’s been dreaming of, this is sure to be one show perfect to sit down with a bowl of fava beans and a nice glass of Chianti.
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