May 30th, 2012
12:14 PM ET
NBC has created its own spin on the 1991 thriller "Silence of the Lambs" with "Hannibal," and now Lifetime is angling to tell the other side of the story.
According to TV Guide, the network is developing a drama called "Clarice," named for the character Jodie Foster portrayed in the film opposite Anthony Hopkins' Dr. Hannibal Lecter.
"Clarice," which is still in the early stages of development, would focus on Clarice Starling's life not long after she graduates from the FBI academy.
NBC, meanwhile, will focus on FBI agent Will Graham and the infamous Hannibal Lecter in its new series, which is scheduled to arrive in the midseason.
Creator Bryan Fuller ("Pushing Daisies" and "Heroes") told Entertainment Weekly that the 13-episode debut will see Lecter solving crimes alongside Hugh Dancy's Will Graham, and will include more of his backstory.
"It's before he was incarcerated, so he's more of a peacock," Fuller said. "There is a cheery disposition to our Hannibal. He's not being telegraphed as a villain ... What we have is Alfred Hitchcock's principle of suspense - show the audience the bomb under the table and let them sweat when it's going to go boom. ... The audience knows who Hannibal is, so we don't have to overplay his villainy. We get to subvert his legacy and give the audience twists and turns."
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