Silence of the Lambs Sequel Series ‘Clarice’ Officially Ordered at CBS

CBS has officially ordered Clarice, a procedural sequel to The Silence Of the Lambs, straight to series.

Per Deadline, Clarice, which was previously announced as being in development in January, will star Rebecca Breeds (Pretty Little Liars, The Originals) in the titular role of FBI agent Clarice Starling and will take place after the events in Thomas Harris’ landmark novel, The Silence Of the Lambs.

Clarice will be set in 1993, a year after the events of The Silence of the Lambs. The series 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. The show is not based on the sequel book, Hannibal, which was adapted for the big screen in 2001 and for the third season of NBC’s Hannibal – which adapted elements of Harris’ books Red Dragon, Hannibal, and Hannibal Rising, but not Lambs due to rights issues.

Rights issues is also why Clarice probably won’t be able to use Hannibal Lecter as a character, or even any other Harris-verse characters not introduced in The Silence of The Lambs novel.

Clarice also stars Kal Penn, Orange is the New Black’s Nick Sandow, and The Walking Dead’s Michael Cudlitz. It’s written and executive produced by Alex Kurtzman (Fringe, Sleepy Hollow, Star Trek) and Jenny Lumet (2017’s The Mummy).

CBS has also picked up The Equalizer reboot starring Queen Latifah and Chris Noth and a Chuck Lorre-Marco Pennette comedy, B Positive, headlined by Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) and Annaleigh Ashford (Masters of Sex).

Matt Fowler is a writer for IGN and a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler and Facebook at

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