New Series based on Clarice Starling greenlit by CBS
Updated: Jan 15, 2020
CBS has just agreed a deal with MGM for a brand new series titled Clarice.
The drama series will be based on Thomas Harris' character from The Silence of the Lambs, Clarice Starling.
The news shocked fans as Deadline revealed the upcoming series recently after an interview with Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet, who will be writing the crime drama 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."
Currently the intention for the project is to go to series. A pilot, which has already been written will be shot before a decision is ultimately made. However, there's already a lot of promise and enthusiasm for the series and a writers room has already been set up.
The show will reportedly be 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.
And for any of you fans reading this in the hope of seeing Mads Mikkelsen return as Hannibal Lecter, don't get your hopes up. Clarice will not feature Hannibal, whether or not he will be referenced however remains to be seen. The Hannibal series creator, Bryan Fuller, himself took to Twitter to give fans an update as they took to the social media site using #SaveHannibal.
"Martha & I tried many times to work with MGM to include Clarice into our Hannibal story. They ultimately told us they had their own plans for Clarice and they didn't need Hannibal to tell her story. Don't think this impacts a potential #HANNIBAL S4 as we never had Clarice rights"
- @BryanFuller (https://twitter.com/BryanFuller)
It turns out MGM, who own the rights to Clarice Starling, have had different plans for the character for years. They had previously together with Lifetime in 2012 in an effort to develop Clarice into a series that followed the exploits of a young Clarice Starling soon after she graduated from the FBI Academy. Unfortunately the project never went forward.
Are you excited for the series and might give it a chance? Or will you be skipping it all together?
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