Although NBC cancelled Hannibal after three seasons due to low ratings, it is clear that there is still a very passionate fanbase for the character and the show. They continue to petition the network to resurrect it nearly five years after the fact, and although that doesn’t seem likely to happen, another network is now hoping to tap into that fanbase with a new show based on the books of Thomas Harris. CBS and MGM are reportedly developing a TV series that focuses on Clarice Starling and will act as a follow-up to The Silence of the Lambs. There’s just one problem: Hannibal Lecter himself is not expected to appear. Writer / executive producer team Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet had this to say about the project:
“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 show is called Clarice and it will be set in 1993, one year after the events of The Silence of the Lambs. It has already been given a series commitment with a writers room being assembled although the final decision on the series order will not be made until after the pilot is shot. Bryan Fuller had wanted to introduce Clarice Starling in a future season of Hannibal but MGM would not give up the rights to the character. Lifetime was also previously developing a Clarice prequel TV series back in 2012 but that did not end up moving forward. Are you looking forward to Clarice?