CBS is hoping that the show will be on air by the end of 2020. If reports are to be believed, the upcoming series will be titled 'Clarice'.
Nearly three decades after it first released, 'The Silence of the Lambs' sequel series will be coming to television', as reported by Comicbook. It has been quite a long time since the audience was introduced to Silence of the Lambs and even now, the movie is still regarded as one of the best ever psychological thriller movies. It is also the last movie to win five major Oscars.
CBS has now ordered a new series that will be set in 1993 a year after the hit movie that explored the story of the FBI Agent Clarice Starling and the iconic serial killer Hannibal Lecter. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, CBS is hoping that the show will be on air sometime by the end of 2020. This announcement was made by CBS during the Television Critics Association's on-going press tour and as far as various reports suggest, the upcoming series will be titled 'Clarice'.
The show will be overseen by Alex Kurtzman and if his name sounds a little familiar, then you are not the only one. Kurtzman was the one who helped steer the revival of Star Trek on CBS and now he is all set to helm the sequel series of 'The Silence of the Lambs'. The series will follow the story of Clarice after she returns to Washington D.C. to investigate serial killers and sexual predators.
The pilot episode will be written by Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet and they will also act as the executive producer. Even though CBS has not given a straight order to make it a regular series -- the decision will be made after the pilot episode is filmed. A writer's room is already in place for the series and the network is quite excited about the project. MGM will handle the production of the project Kurtzman and Lumet released a statement saying, "After more than 20 years of silence, we’re privileged to give voice to one of America’s most enduring heroes – Clarice Starling."
They added, "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." Back in 2001, Jodie Foster was asked to return for the sequel movie Hannibal but she refused and Julianne Moore was cast.
Earlier in 2012, MGM tried to make a show about Clarice Starling, but that was a prequel to the 1991 movie. The series was set to follow a young Clarice Starling after she graduates from the FBI academy, but the project never really saw the light of the day.