Lifetime Developing Clarice … Yes the character from The Silence of the Lambs
Oh Lifetime Network … you’re like The Asylum of basic cable packages!! According to TVGuide.com, Lifetime Network is developing a TV series, CLARICE, based on the character of Clarice Sterling from THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. They’re gonna be putting a feminine spin on things with the character. Who knows; maybe we’ll see burning beds and beaten women finally leaving their abusive asshole husbands. I’m just saying.
Clarice would follow the exploits of a young Clarice Starling soon after she graduates from the FBI academy. The show’s development comes as NBC preps the 13-episode seriesHannibal, which also takes place in the world of author Thomas Harris’ Hannibal Lecter series of books. But Hannibal, from Bryan Fuller, won’t include the Clarice character, and instead focuses on the relationship between Hannibal and FBI criminal profiler Will Graham (played by Hugh Dancy).
As originally envisioned by Harris, Clarice grew up in West Virginia until she was 10, when her father, a police officer, was shot and killed. She moves to her uncle’s farm in Montana, but later runs away and winds up in an orphanage. After college, she applies to the FBI academy. The Silence of the Lambs was published in 1988, and the movie adaptation hit theaters in 1991. Ten years later, Foster declined to reprise the role in 2001′s Hannibal. Instead, Julianne Moore took over as the character.
In staying true to my New Year’s resolution to experience more genre projects that come from a more feminine perspective, I’ll be checking this one out. I just hope Lifetime goes more for drama and less for melodrama.