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Star Trek: Discovery producers making Silence of the Lambs sequel TV series

Star Trek: Discovery producers Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet are set to team up once again for a new Silence of the Lambs sequel project called Clarice, a crime drama series based on the iconic character of Clarice Starling.

According to Deadline, the new project will be set one year after the events of Thomas Harris's original The Silence of the Lambsnovel – which was famously turned into a film starring Antony Hopkins and Jodie Foster.

The series will follow Clarice as she continues to track down serial killers and sexual predators, all the while trying to navigate the political world of Washington DC.

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"After more than 20 years of silence, we're privileged to give voice to one of America's most enduring heroes – Clarice Starling," Kurtzman and Lumet said in a statement.

"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."

The publication adds that the project has received a big series commitment, and while the intention is for it to go to series, it will film a pilot episode before a series order decision is made. Hannibal Lecter is unlikely to appear.

Thomas Harris' novel The Silence of the Lambs was originally published in 1988, and was adapted for film in 1991. A Ridley Scott-directed sequelHannibal, based on Harris' 1999 novel of the same name – followed in 2001, where the role of Clarice was taken over by Julianne Moore.

It's not the first time that a TV project focused on Clarice Starling has been in the works, but a Lifetime prequel series exploring Clarice's years after graduating from the FBI Academy failed to get off the ground in 2012.

Star Trek: Discovery returns for season 3 in 2020. It airs on CBS All Access in the US and Netflix internationally, including the UK.

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