Silence of the Lambs will be getting a spinoff series at CBS that will be set a year after the film takes place and focuses on FBI agent Clarice Starling.
Everything old is new again at CBS.
The network is currently airing a Magnum P.I. and Hawaii 5-0 reboot, a Twilight Zone revival, will soon be airing the Star Trek: The Next Generation spinoff/sequel Picard, and has just announced Clarice, a spinoff series centered on FBI Agent Clarice Starling from 1991’s Silence of the Lambs.
CBS made the announcement Sunday at the Winter TCAs, saying that it had given a series commitment to the Silence of the Lambs TV spinoff with the intention to hopefully move forward with a formal series pickup.
The Silence of the Lambs spinoff, titled Clarice, will be written and executive produced by Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet. Both currently have a close relationship with CBS, as Kurtzman helms the currently airing Star Trek: Discovery and the upcoming Star Trek: Picard, where Lumet also serves as co-showrunner.
The two are also the co-creators and co-showrunners of drama series The Man Who Fell to Earth, based on the Walter Tevis novel and the cult classic 1976 film starring David Bowie, which is set for CBS All Access.
According to Deadline, Clarice already has a writers room staffed, but still needs to cast the lead actress and film a pilot before a series order decision is officially handed down.
Clarice will reportedly take place in 1993, a year after the events of Silence of the Lambs, and is being described as a deep dive into the untold personal story of Clarice Starling as she returns to the field to pursue serial murderers and sexual predators while navigating the high-stakes political world of Washington.
“After more than 20 years of silence, we’re privileged to give voice to one of America’s most enduring heroes — Clarice Starling,” Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet said in a joint statement announcing the news. “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.”