NBC is looking at Hannibal Lecter’s early years in its upcoming drama Hannibal, and now Lifetime is developing a drama all about Lecter’s Silence of the Lambs foe, FBI agent Clarice Starling. The series is simply called, Clarice, and picks up the story soon after Ms Starling graduates from the FBI academy, whereas the Hannibal series won’t include the Clarice character at all. It instead focuses purely on the relationship between Hannibal and FBI criminal profiler Will Graham, who is played by Hugh Dancy. Who do you think should play Clarice in this new drama?
As originally envisioned [by Harris], Clarice grew up in West Virginia until she was 10, when her father, a police officer, was shot and killed. She moves to her uncle’s farm in Montana, but later runs away and winds up in an orphanage. After college, she applies to the FBI academy. The Silence of the Lambs was published in 1988, and the movie adaptation hit theaters in 1991. Ten years later, Foster declined to reprise the role in 2001’s Hannibal. Instead, Julianne Moore took over as the character.
It is fascinating that series about both Hannibal and Silence of the Lambs are happening at the same time, one through NBC and the other on Lifetime. I wasn’t the hugest fan of the films, but I do think that Clarice has the hallmarks to make a pretty good TV drama series, what with an FBI agent and all. I’m keen to see how they translate the movie to the small screen and I’m fascinated to see who they get to play the role of Clarice Starling. Are you excited about these two new series which are in the works?