The story of serial killer/cannibal/psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter has already been explored in the many Thomas Harris source novels and their many film adaptations, most notably the novel and film The Silence of the Lambs.
It appears each of the main characters from that story will now have their own TV series as, according to an exclusive report from TV Guide, Lifetime is developing Clarice, a show about Clarice Starling, the character played by Jodie Foster in “The Silence of the Lambs” and Julianne Moore in “Hannibal.”
Simultaneously, NBC is developing a new series called Hannibal, to be produced by Bryan Fuller, (Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, Heroes) which will focus narrowly on the part of Hannibal Lecter’s life when he was a practicing psychiatrist but before he was discovered to be a serial killer.
Lifetime president Nancy Dubuc has been trying to make the network over a bit and feature more shows with strong female leads, though it’s hard to see how a show about an FBI agent tracking down serial killers will fit in with fare as lightweight as The Client List. The premise of the series is that it takes place after the events of Lambs. Clarice has graduated from the FBI academy and is now tracking other killers, but without the assistance and mind games of Dr. Lecter. Meanwhile, NBC’s Hannibal won’t feature the Clarice character but instead will focus on the relationship between Lecter (still uncast) and an FBI profiler played by Hugh Dancy.