Earlier today it was reported on Deadline, that a pilot for a potential new sequel series to the Silence of the Lambs has been commissioned by CBS.
Produced by Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek) and Jenny Lumet (Star Trek: Discovery), ‘Clarice’ will focus on the character of Clarice Starling and follow her journey after the killing of serial killer Buffalo Bill at the end of the Jonathan Demme’s masterpiece.
This may be heartbreaking news for avid fans of NBC’s Hannibal, which was cancelled in 2015 after poor ratings for its third season.
That series ended quite ambiguously, with series creator Brian Fuller stating on numerous occasions how he would like to re-imagine the story of Lambs with casting such as Lee Pace as Buffalo Bill and potentially, Ellen Page as Clarice.
‘Clarice’ will instead looking at the convening years between Lambs and its 2001 follow-up Hannibal and focus on Starling it seems, with maybe the fleeting mention of the AWOL Lecter.
The suggestion from the brief synopsis is that ‘Clarice’, much in the same way as Lambs, will be a female empowerment story as she negotiates her way through the convoluted and male-dominated world of Government and politics.
Kurtzman and Lumet said of the project,
“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.”
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