With Hannibal Lecter having essentially retired from the film world, the small screen is exploiting Thomas Harris’ properties in a big way.
As we know NBC has scheduled “Hannibal” for next season. That show is set in the years before the events of “Red Dragon” and follows Lecter’s relationship with profiler Will Graham in their early days together before the latter knows of Lecter’s true nature and captured him.
Now, MGM is in the early stages of developing “Clarice” for the Lifetime network which will focus on the Clarice Starling character says TV Guide. Said character was memorably played by Jodie Foster in 1991’s “The Silence of the Lambs”, and forgettably played by Julianne Moore in 2001’s “Hannibal”.
Events of the series will be set between those two works with a young Clarice having now graduated from the FBI academy (she was a student during ‘Lambs’). The show is being seen as the next step in a shake-up at Lifetime after the success of their original series “The Client List”.
Due to the different networks and approaches, there is not expected to be any crossover between the NBC & Lifetime shows.