“Silence of the Lambs” series being developed by Lifetime, another by NBC

Soon, fans will see the televised return of both Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling. The catch is that they won’t be together, or even in the same show.

Lifetime has begun developing “Clarice,” a series that follows the exploits of the protagonist of the “The Silence of the Lambs”, originally played by Jodie Foster. This comes a few months after the news that NBC is working on “Hannibal,” a series focusing on cannibal serial killer Hannibal Lecter, a character made famous by Anthony Hopkins.

“The Silence of the Lambs,” based on the novel by Thomas Harris and directed by Jonathan Demme, was an enormous hit upon its theatrical release in 1991, its grotesque plot and spellbinding performances captivating audiences and critics alike. It was the third (and latest) film to win the Big Five at the Oscars, which include picture, director, actor, actress, and screenplay. The film spawned three sequels, including Ridley Scott’s 2001 pic “Hannibal.”

Neither TV series is likely to ever see an appearance by Foster or Hopkins. Both series will take place before “The Silence of the Lambs.”

Source: TV Guide