CBS has given a series commitment to a drama that will follow Clarice Starling after the events of The Silence of the Lambs, Variety has learned.
Which is exactly why an upcoming series following directly on from the events of Silence of the Lambs may actually have a whole lot of promise - in theory, anyway.
The series will be written and executive produced by frequent collaborators Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek: Discovery) and Jenny Lumet, who are both also now working together on CBS All Access' upcoming series The Man Who Fell to Earth.
The original The Silence of the Lambs was released in 1991.
"After more than 20 years of silence, we're privileged to give voice to one of America's most enduring heroes - Clarice Starling", said Kurtzman and Lumet.
Though it has not been formally picked up by the network, CBS announced on Sunday - during the Television Critics Association's winter press tour - that it has committed to the show, according to the Hollywood Reporter (THR). But hers is the very story we need today: her struggle, her resilience, her victory.
Clarice will be produced by MGM, who holds the feature film rights to The Silence of the Lambs and associated characters, and Heather Kadin will also serve as an executive producer for Secret Hideout, with Aaron Baiers co-executive producing, alongside Kurtzman and Lumet. The change in network is down to the fact that the MGM-owned CBS has the rights to the Silence of the Lambs film and novel, whereas NBC only has access to Red Dragon and Hannibal, among other elements of Harris' work.
With writing underway, auditions will begin soon to cast the main roles including the lead character of Clarice Starling. The character then appeared in Harris' follow up novel Hannibal, which was adapted into a film in 2001 with Julianne Moore taking over the role from Foster.
This isn't the first time a series hinged on the hardworking Federal Bureau of Investigation officer Clarice Starling has been planned however, back in 2012 a series created by MGM and Lifetime was planned but failed to go ahead.
Also on board is Jenny Lumet, who previously wrote Rachel Getting Married and will be on board to write and produce Clarice.
The spinoff, now entitled Clarice, hails from Alex Kurtzman, who presently captains the Star Trek franchise's TV universe.