CBS had recently ordered up a pilot episode for a potential Silence of the Lambs sequel series titled Clarice, today THR reports that the project has now been given a series pickup for the 2020-21 broadcast season.
Rebecca Breeds will star as Clarice Starling, with the cast also including Kal Penn, Nick Sandow and Michael Cudlitz. The project is written and executive produced by Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet.
“Clarice is set in 1993, a year after the events of The Silence of the Lambs. The series is a deep dive into the untold personal story of Clarice Starling, as she returns to the field to pursue serial murderers and sexual predators while navigating the high stakes political world of Washington, D.C.
Brilliant and vulnerable, Clarice graduated Magna from UVA with a double major in Psych and Criminology. Her bravery gives her an inner light that draws monsters and madmen to her. Her complex psychological makeup comes from a challenging childhood, and her drive comes from her need to escape the burden of family secrets that have haunted her throughout her life.”
Kurtzman and Lumet said in announcing Clarice in January.
“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.”
The CBS project is the latest attempt to bring the characters first brought to life in Thomas Harris’ novels to television.
Lifetime had a Starling-focused series in development in 2012 that took place soon after she graduates from the FBI Academy – the project did not go forward.
NBC‘s Hannibal, the Bryan Fuller-led series focusing on serial killer Hannibal Lecter and FBI profiler Will Graham, ran for three critically acclaimed seasons. Fuller stated prior to the show’s cancellation his desire to include Clarice Starling as a character
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