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Silence of the Lambs spin-off Clarice in development at CBS

The Silence of the Lambs

Story by Jack Foley

A Silence of the Lambs TV spin-off entitled Clarice is being developed by CBS.

The drama hails from Star Trek franchise writer Alex Kurtzman and his CBS TV Studios-based Secret Hideout banner.

It will reportedly be set in 1993, a year after the events of The Silence of the Lambs, and will offer a deep dive into the untold personal story of Clarice Starling — the role made famous by Jodie Foster in the Oscar-winning feature.

The story will follow the character as she returns to the field in pursuit of serial murderers and sexual predators while navigating the high stakes political world of Washington.

An actress for the role has not yet been announced, while a writers’ room has already been opened with a script already completed.

Announcing the news of the series on Sunday, Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet said in a joint statement: “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 Silence of the Lambs series has long been an inspiration for various forms of entertainment, whether movie or TV related. Several sequels and prequels followed Silence of the Lambs in cinemas, including the Clarice Starling-Hannibal Lecter follow-up Hannibal.

While on the small screen, NBC aired the Bryan Fuller-produced off-shoot Hannibal for multiple seasons amid critical acclaim and few viewers.