Silence of the Lambs coming to TV

Brenda Watkins
January 14, 2020

CBS has given a series commitment to a drama that will follow Clarice Starling after the events of The Silence of the Lambs, Variety has learned.

Alex Kurtzman (Lost) and Jenny Lumet (Star Trek: Discovery) wrote the pilot script and will executive produce.

According to Deadline, a pilot episode of Clarice has already been written and a writers room has been set up. The show is produced by MGM and CBS Television Studios in association with Kurtzman's Secret Hideout company.

It's been confirmed that CBS is working on a sequel series and will pick up with Starling's career, following the events of Silence of the Lambs (versus the sequel novel/movie Hannibal).

Clarice will focus entirely on the personal story of Starling; a role originated by Jodie Foster. "Then they argued that Clarice's story" is the story we need today: his struggle, his resistance, his victory. Its time now and always.

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As TV continues to shake the branches of every recognizable intellectual property for any last potential seed of an adaptation or continuation, it seems inevitable that someone would take another stab at bringing Thomas Harris' The Silence of the Lambs to home television screens. Fans of the original will be thrilled to see where the CBS series is headed with the protagonist Clarice Starling.

A lead actress for Clarice has not yet been cast, but she will have big shoes to fill.

Kurtzman and Lumet are now the showrunners and co-creators of the CBS All Access show The Man Who Fell to Earth. We recognize that the shows are coming from different people and that this new series will not impact the chances of Hannibal coming back. In the film, Anthony Hopkins reprised his role as Dr. Hannibal Lecter while Julianne Moore took over as Clarice, from Jodie Foster who won an Oscar for the role in Silence.

This is a separate endeavor than Hannibal, which aired on NBC for three seasons.

After showing as the protagonist in The Silence of the Lambs (except you think about Hannibal Lecter the protagonist), Clarice Starling additionally briefly appeared in the movie's sequel Hannibal.

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