Thomas Harris’ thriller novels have already been cannibalized and reconstituted into stories for the screen a few times now, with generally successful results. The most obvious being 1991 Best Picture winner The Silence of the Lambs, but Bryan Fuller’s baroque Hannibal series was also pretty terrific.
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Now, CBS has confirmed a sequel TV series to The Silence of the Lambs is in the works, set to focus on the life and career of dauntless FBI agent Clarice Starling, whom Jodie Foster won her Oscar for portraying. Expect some austere early nineties fashion, some highly grotesque crime scene SFX, and a deeper dive into the character’s troubled past and fierce approach to pathology than ever seen before.
The series is scripted in part by Jenny Lumet, who wrote the celebrated Rachel Getting Married, directed by the late Silence of the Lambs director Jonathon Demme. In a statement for CBS, Lumet noted that, “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.”
Responses to the upcoming drama series have been somewhat mixed, with fans and critics bemoaning yet another reboot, and pointing out that the exceptional NBC Hannibal series was planning on getting around to Clarice‘s story in its cruelly thwarted fourth season.
But there have also been enthusiastic calls regarding who should play the haunted, brilliant agent. A few promising brunette actresses have been picked from the bunch, and CBS would do well to consider them.
Whether Clarice marks itself as a worthy continuation of the engrossing Hannibal Lecter saga will be up to CBS viewers, including Aussie subscribers to the online platform CBS All Access.