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'Silence of the Lambs' Prequel Focusing on Clarice Is in Development

May 26, 2012 (2:09 am) GMT
Lifetime is preparing a drama that will follow the exploits of a young Clarice Starling soon after she graduates from the FBI academy.

Another small screen project based on Thomas Harris' Hannibal Lecter novel series is in the works. Lifetime is reported to be in the early stages of developing "Clarice" which is going to focus on Clarice Starling.

According to TV Guide, the drama will follow the exploits of a young Clarice soon after she graduates from the FBI academy. Lifetime first hinted the project during the network's upfront presentation. MGM is going to produce the show.

Clarice was portrayed by in "The Silence of the Lambs" movie adaptation, which helped the actress earn an Academy Award for best actress. Foster, however, refused to reprise the role in 2001's film "Hannibal". then took over the role.

The other "" TV project which is being developed by NBC will focus on FBI agent Will Graham and his mentor Dr. Hannibal Lecter. They will be "re-introduced at the beginning of their budding relationship."

has been cast in the role of Graham, while title character is yet to be cast. "" helmer David Slade has been tapped to direct the pilot.

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