Silence of the Lambs getting TV sequel without Hannibal Lecter

CBS is planning a series about Clarice Sterling played by Jodie Foster in the 1991 movie

The Silence of the Lambs story was published in 1988 and the movie adaptation starring Jodie Foster as Clarice hit cinemas in 1991. In fact, it's one of only 3 films to win all top five competitive Oscar categories.

The unspoken bad news here, of course, is what this means for any sort of revival for the dearly departed Hannibal series. NBC's Hannibal was an offbeat, gory, homoerotic take on Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham, and it was one of the best things on TV for the three seasons it aired.

For those inevitably dismayed by CBS' continuation of Silence of the Lambs however, fret not. Clarice Starling had not been within the show as MGM has got the liberties to Silence for the Lambs. What do we know about it so far?

In Silence of the Lambs, Starling is a newbie agent and tasked with tracking a serial killer. The two form a unusual bond and she is ultimately able to solve the case.

Which is exactly why an upcoming series following directly on from the events of Silence of the Lambs may actually have a whole lot of promise - in theory, anyway. The venture will probably be written and govt produced by Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek: Discovery) and Jenny Lumet (The Mummy).

Lumet is the author of "Rachel Getting Married" for which she received the New York Film Critics Circle Award, Toronto Film Critics Association Award, and Washington, D.C. Film Critics Association Award. The description reads as if it were a secondary character.

One Twitter user wrote, "Here's a thing literally no one asked for while literally everyone continues to ask for Hannibal". They then argued that Clarice's story "is the very story we need today: her struggle, her resilience, her victory. Her time is now, and always". So, we aren't surprised they nabbed her character. #SaveHannibal began trending in many countries.

Deadline reports that a pilot episode of the series, titled Clarice, has been given the go ahead by CBS. But it does make us miss it.

Are you excited to follow Clarice on her adventures? There's no word yet on who will play the titular role.

Meghan Hale is a graduate student living right outside of Toronto, Canada. She is now working on her first screenplay, as well as a horror novel, with the goal of publishing it while Stephen King is still around to read it.

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