With the series “Hannibal” greenlit already, it seems fitting that FBI Agent Clarice Starling would get her own series as well. Only this time it comes from Lifetime rather than NBC with its sister series, or should I say its rival series?
Lifetime has confirmed that it is in the early stages of developing a new drama series called, “Clarice,” based on the character from the Thomas Harris novel, Silence of the Lambs, and famously portrayed by Jodie Foster in the film adaptation.
According to Lifetime, the show would follow the life and actions of the young agent soon after she graduations from the FBI Academy.
As originally created 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. This is where the series will pick up.
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.
While this show comes on the heels of the NBC series, it is important to note that Bryan Fuller’s “Hannibal” will not be featuring the character of Clarice and rather will focus on the relationship between FBI criminal profiler Will Graham and the titular character.
MGM is producing “Clarice.” Lifetime boss Nancy Dubuc has recently been focusing on creating more original series programming that feature small female leads which has already including the hit series, Jennifer Love Hewitt’s The Client List. Dubuc is definitely trying to overhaul the channel away from the similar original movies that has been their focus in previous years.