CBS Picks Up Silence Of The Lambs Spin-Off, Clarice

“Hello, Clarice.” The famous lines a majority of movie-goers would recognize from the enigmatic Hannibal Lecter played brilliantly by Anthony Hopkins in the 1991 classic Silence of the Lambs were spoken during his first encounter with FBI student Clarice Starling, played by the also brilliant Jodie Foster and then Julianne Moore in the sequel. Except that line wasn’t really spoken, and is often misquoted, but that’s a whole ‘nother discussion altogether.

As mentioned, the successful film also produced a 2001 sequel Hannibal, and a prequel in 2002’s Red Dragon.  There was also a Hannibal TV series released in 2013 which lasted for three seasons.  I love the original trilogy of films and just recently CBS has picked up another spin-off titled Clarice, which is set to hit during the 2020-2021 season.  Star Trek alum, Alex Kurtzman, will be writing the script with Jenny Lumet who is a co-showrunner for Star Trek: Discover.

The series looks to take place in 1993, after the events of The Silence of the LambsClarice is said to take an in-depth look into the life of Clarice Starling as she returns to the field after working with Lecter to take down Buffalo Bill while also trying to figure out the political world of Washington.  The lead role of Clarice has yet to be cast.

Kurtzman and Lumet made a statement regarding the upcoming series:

“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.”

This will not be the first time the character of Clarice Starling has been the focus on the small screen.  In 2012 Lifetime tried to put together a series revolving around Clarice after she graduated from the FBI Academy.

While I enjoy the franchise I think that sometimes it is the actors and actresses who truly bring the characters to life.  I couldn’t get into the Hannibal TV series because I was completely captivated by Hopkins’ interpretation of the character.  I will definitely give the new series a try, but feel that I may fall into the same type of comparisons with Jodie Foster.

Are you excited for the Silence of the Lambs follow-up?  Will you be tuning in to Clarice, or will you take a pass?  Leave your thoughts in the usual spot, and thanks for reading!

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