The second of two new TV shows based around characters from Thomas Harris’s dog-eared classic “Silence of the Lambs” has been announced.
NBC already has “Hannibal”, about cannibalistic madman Hannibal Lecter, in the pipeline and now Lifetime, a channel mostly concerned with entertaining the ladies, has announced plans for ‘Clarice’, which of course fixes on the timid agent character Jodie Foster played in the 1991 film.
“Hannibal” and “Clarice”, besides being set in the same world, won’t be connected and the characters of Hannibal and Clarice Starling probably won’t, by the sounds of it, appear on each others shows. Think of it like the “X-Men” and “Spider-Man” movies – owned by different people, so no crossovers will occur.
TV Guide says :
Clarice would follow the exploits of a young Clarice Starling soon after she graduates from the FBI academy. The show’s development comes as NBC preps the 13-episode series Hannibal, which also takes place in the world of author Thomas Harris’ Hannibal Lecter series of books. But Hannibal, from Bryan Fuller, won’t include the Clarice character, and instead focuses on the relationship between Hannibal and FBI criminal profiler Will Graham (played by Hugh Dancy).
MGM is producing Clarice, which Lifetime boss Nancy Dubuc first hinted may be in the works during the network’s upfront presentation. Dubuc has been busy making over Lifetime by bringing in more original series with strong female leads at their core, including Jennifer Love Hewitt’s The Client List.
As originally envisioned by Harris, Clarice grew up in West Virginia until she was 10, when her father, a police officer, was shot and killed. She moves to her uncle’s farm in Montana, but later runs away and winds up in an orphanage. After college, she applies to the FBI academy. The Silence of the Lambs was published in 1988, and the movie adaptation hit theaters in 1991. Ten years later, Foster declined to reprise the role in 2001’s Hannibal. Instead, Julianne Moore took over as the character.
It’s a pity Mireille Enos is locked into AMC’s “The Killing”, she would have made a good Clarice! Or heck, maybe Gillian Anderson!?
Yeah, seems I’m one of those guys whose a strong advocate for typecasting and didn’t even know it!