‘Silence of the Lambs’ Sequel Series Is in Development at CBS — Here’s What We Know so Far

CBS gave several updates about current and upcoming projects during this week’s Television Critics Association press tour. One of the updates is that a Silence of the Lambs sequel series is in fast-tracked development at the network and will focus on one character in particular.

Actor Anthony Hopkins and actress Jodie Foster on set of the movie 'The Silence of the Lambs,' circa 1991
Actor Anthony Hopkins and actress Jodie Foster on set of the movie ‘The Silence of the Lambs,’ circa 1991 | Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

What is ‘Silence of the Lambs’ about?

The original film was released in 1991, based on the 1988 novel. The film starred Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins. The film followed FBI newbie Clarie Starling as she sought the help of the imprisoned Dr. Hannibal Lecter to catch another serial killer.

The film is considered to be one of the greatest movies of all time. It is one of only three films to win the top five Oscar prizes: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay. It is also the only horror film to win Best Picture.

The series in development at CBS is called Clarice, focusing on Foster’s character in the movie.

Who is bringing ‘Clarice’ to CBS?

The project is written and executive produced by  Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet. Kurtzman and Lumet already have deep ties at ViacomCBS as they produce and write for both Star Trek Discovery and Star Trek: Picard.

In a press statement, Kurtzman and Lumet said, “After more than 20 years of silence, we’re privileged to give voice to one of America’s most enduring heroes – Clarice Starling.”

“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,” they continued.

Heather Kadin of Secret Hideout also executive produces and Aaron Baiders will be a co-executive producer. The project hails from MGM and CBS Television Studios in association with Secret Hideout.

What is the series about and when should we expect it?

The series is set in 1993, a year after the events of Silence of the Lambs. According to CBS’s official description of the series, it is ” a deep dive into the untold personal story of Clarice Starling as she returns to the field to pursue serial murderers and sexual predators while navigating the high stakes political world of Washington, D.C.”

While the series hasn’t been officially ordered, it does have a series commitment at the network. A lot of networks are moving to off-cycle pilot development, but given the current timeline, we should know by May if the series is officially a go.

Of course, this isn’t the first series from Hannibal canon to hit television recently. An NBC series starring Hugh Dancy as the titular character aired from 2013-2015. Clarice Starling was not in the series as MGM has the rights to Silence of the Lambs.