Lifetime Developing ‘Clarice’ TV Series, Based on ‘Silence of the Lambs’ Character

Published 3 years ago by , Updated May 26th, 2012 at 7:37 pm,

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Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal TV series will premiere on NBC in the foreseeable future. However, Lifetime has already begun development on another television show that will be centered around a famous character from Thomas Harris’ literature: FBI agent Clarice Starling.

MGM is producing the latter series, which is titled Clarice. The project is backed by Lifetime head honcho Nancy Dubuc (executive producer of The Kennedys), with the intention to replicate the success of Jennifer Love Hewittt’s The Client List – as another actress-headlined series on the channel.

According to TV Guide, Clarice will chronicle the experiences of its namesake after she has her first encounter with Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter and graduates from FBI academy. It sounds as though the TV series will therefore bridge the narrative gap between The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal, following Clarice as she learns to cope with the everyday obstacles that come with the Fed lifestyle – and faces off against a resentful superior, who takes on the form of Department of Justice official Paul Krendler.

Such an approach would result in Clarice playing out as a relatively conventional crime drama/procedural, focused around a brilliant, crime-solving protagonist with a troubled psyche (a la the BBC’s Luther). That would also set the former apart from Fuller’s show, which will have more of a buddy dynamic at its core.

As indicated before, Dubuc is interested in producing more original television series on Lifetime “with strong female leads.” Hence, don’t be surprised if a young actress whose star is rapidly on the rise signs on to portray Clarice in the pilot - following in the footsteps of Jodie Foster from Silence of the Lambs (which snagged her an Oscar) and Julianne Moore’s performance from the Ridley Scott-directed Hannibal film adaptation.

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Julianne Moore as Clarice Starling in 'Hannibal'

NBC has yet to announce who will play the infamous Dr. Lecter in Fuller’s Hannibal TV series. No doubt, that’s partially due to the difficult nature of casting for the role – which so many people cannot disassociate from Sir Anthony Hopkins, despite the character having also previously been brought to life by people like Brian Cox in Manhunter and Gaspard Ulliel in Hannibal Rising (a younger version, in the latter case).

Foster’s turn as Clarice remains the most widely-admired cinematic incarnation of the heroine, but it’s never reached the icon status of Hopkins as Hannibal. It should also help that the Clarice TV series doesn’t look to feature the Dr. Lecter character in any explicit capacity – which could allow the show to better avoid comparisons to previous adaptations of Harris’ creations.

Of course, Clarice is going to be geared primarily towards the Lifetime viewing demographic. So, with that label, there also come certain “expectations,” good and bad.

Screen Rant will keep you up-to-date on any additional noteworthy developments concerning Clarice.


Source: TV Guide

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  1. Oh god. Lifetime. LOL just the channel I would picture doing this series. Not. Anyways why is this IP so hot right now?? I wasn’t happy with the first series, Fullers Hannibal, being made from this universe. I most certainly am NOT excited about this either. Hollywood can’t even adapt the novels correctly, as I was very upset that Ridley Scott’s Hannibal film butchered the brilliant ending of the novel, yet we’re supposed to believe they can adapt these characters to the silver screen and still remain true to the source material? Gah. Not excited at all.

    • While I’m not a fan of the Hannibal film, I wasn’t a fan of a way the book ended either, at least in regards to Clarice Starlings charatcer. I thought it was a compltete betrayal of the character.

      I would love to see a series based on the character, hopefully with an over arching plot of another serial killer for Clarice to track down, dealing with her rise in the FBI. And with at least with a little input from Harris would be nice too.

      • The ending to the novel Hannibal is one of the most beautiful and haunting endings I’ve ever read. There are hints throughout the Lecter fiction that implied that Harris was going to bring Clarice to that final destination and I thought it was genius. The Hannibal film is an abomination by going the mainstream route and dropping the canonical ending. I agree with you- maybe if Harris is involved my faith in this project might increase.

  2. I have a horrible feeling that the show won’t be so much about crimes or Hannibal but of Clarice’s feelings and relationships. I think they’re using the Hannibal universe just to attach a big name to what otherwise might be a horrible show.

  3. When you think about it it’s a bit surprising that this hasn’t been tried already.
    The world loves loves loves cop shows so even though I won’t be watching it shouldn’t surprise anyone if this becomes a hit for Lifetime.

  4. lol

    this should be fun

  5. Somehow this makes sense.

  6. At least when the NBC series gets cancelled somebody will notice.

  7. I wish them Luck .

  8. I’m not familiar with the original programming on Lifetime but have caught a few of their movies from time to time. If comparisons are being made to Jennifer Love Hewitt than I’m guessing it isn’t considerably edgy or gritty. Now that ‘Chuck’ has ended, cast member Sarah Lancaster could use a new role. She has the ability and looks, plus, I think there’s enough mystery about her to interest an audience into seeing what she can do with the role.

    Just my two cents. :)

  9. Will Graham = Fox Mulder

    Clarise Starling = Dana Scully

    • what ? I don’t get the comparison

  10. Clarice starling came into focus because she was initially used as bait to entice lector to give his opinion on their skin skinning serial killer case.
    They gave her a tragic back story and a determined to make it on my own terms in the macho world Of the FBI highlighted by the elevator scene where she is surrounded by big tough FBI men!

    Then they ran a weaker version of her in Hannibal,so where do you go with the character now? Gun totting hard nosed FBI agent? (NO) Sensitive, empathic FBI agent? (Cop version of Medium) or ?
    This character like it or not is bonded with Lector forever and does not really fit with anything else.

  11. Just so long as they don’t do a spin-off series from “Cinderella” (like, uh, “Dopey”?).

  12. So there will be one show called “Clarice” and one called “Hannibal”. . .

    Welcome to the world where there are quite literally no new ideas.

    • ^This. And the worse part is that they can’t even improve upon the original (unlike older remakes).

  13. Dude,seriously? People need to do something new already. The Hannibal show is unecessary enough.

    • The Hannibal show is awesome. If you don’t like it or get it, it’s probably because you have the IQ of a hot dog.

      • Dude. He predicted the show would be bad a year ago, when there were no trailers or anything. There was nothing to “like” or “get” at the time. You’re the one with the low IQ

  14. the hannibal show is realy amazing!
    but this would be totaly crap
    and lifetime …may i l…whahaha
    sorry its a joke i hope