Lifetime Mulls ‘Silence of the Lambs’ Series for Clarice Character

Jodie Foster won an Oscar for the original "Silence of the Lambs" (Photo: AP)

“The Silence of the Lambs” is once again spawning another potential spinoff, with Lifetime Television reportedly developing a new drama series based on the FBI agent character first played by Jodie Foster.

The new series, according to this story on the Web site, will be titled “Clarice,” and will focus on the young Clarice Starling’s life and career in the years just after she graduated from the FBI’s training program — presumably before she encountered the serial killer Hannibal Lecter.

The story doesn’t say who would play the young Clarice, though it’s sure to be a coveted role if and when this series ever gets off the ground.

“The Silence of the Lambs,” the novel by Thomas Harris that was first published in 1988, has emerged over the years as one of the most fertile works of fiction ever written, when you take its sequel novels, movies and other spinoffs into account. There’s even been an off-Broadway musical called “Silence! The Musical.”

As the TV Guide story points out, NBC is also developing a “Lambs”-based series — a new take on the Hannibal Lecter character titled simply “Hannibal” and not expected to include a Clarice character.

The original “Silence of the Lambs” movie in 1991 earned Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actress (Foster), Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter), Best Director (Jonathan Demme) and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Harris wrote four novels with the Lecter character, and there have been at least four movies featuring the psychotic, genius serial killer famous for consuming his victim’s body parts, such as one victim’s liver accompanied buy “some fava beans and a nice Chianti,” in the famous words of Hopkins as Lecter.

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