CBS has given a series commitment to Silence of the Lambs sequel Clarice.
From Alex Kurtzman (Sleepy Hollow) and Jenny Lumet (Rachel Getting Married), Clarice follows FBI Agent 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. The series begins in 1993, about a year following the events of The Silence of the Lambs.
“After more than 20 years of silence, we’re privileged to give voice to one of America’s most enduring heroes – Clarice Starling,” said Kurtzman and Lumet. “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.”
Clarice isn’t technically a straight-to-series order, as the project currently has a script with the intention of shooting a pilot. However, a writer’s room has formed and considering the era of TV we’re living in, where IP awareness trumps all, it’d take a disaster for the series commitment to not become a series order.
This past development season, CBS used the series commitment tag on Patricia Heaton comedy Carol’s Second Act, which turned that into a series order some months later.
The Silence of the Lambs grossed over $270 million during its theatrical run in 1991 and won the Big Five Oscar categories – Best Picture, Best Director (Jonathan Demme), Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins), Best Actress (Jodie Foster), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Ted Tally). The film’s success helped spawn sequels Hannibal, Red Dragon, and Hannibal Rising, as well as NBC’s acclaimed Hannibal series starring Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen.