J.K. Rowling’s latest literary works are heading to the small screen.
BBC One has commissioned an adaptation of the Harry Potter author’s Cormoran Strike novel series (written under the nom de plume Robert Galbraith), which is envisioned by the BBC’s flagship channel as “a major new television series”.
The Cormoran Strike series currently consists of two entries, The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm, though subsequent novels are in the works. They revolve around Cormoran Strike, a former military man turned private investigator. In The Cuckoo’s Calling he is called on to investigate the death of supermodel Lula Landry, while in The Silkworm Cormoran must track down writer Owen Quine who has disappeared without a trace.
The initial novel in the series was published in 2013, but despite racking up solid reviews it only did OK sales. That is until Rowling was unmasked as the true author, when the novel skyrocketed to the top of the bestseller’s lists. Similarly, The Silkworm proved to be a bestseller when it was published by Little, Brown earlier this year.
Scant details are available about the adaptation of the Cormoran Strike series, other than the fact that J.K. Rowling will be involved with the TV series. The BBC said that the number and length of episodes would be decided once the creative adaptation process has formally begun. Rowling’s production company Brontë Film and TV will produce, with her long-time agent and Chair of Brontë Neil Blair serving as executive producer.
“It’s a wonderful coup for BBC Television to be bringing J.K. Rowling’s latest books to the screen”, said Danny Cohen, the BBC’s Director of Television. “With the rich character of Cormoran Strike at their heart, these dramas will be event television across the world.’
This deal further extends J.K. Rowling’s existing relationship with the BBC. The two previously teamed for an adaptation of Rowling’s first post-Potter novel The Casual Vacancy. That novel has been adapated into a three-part serial, starring Julia McKenzie, Keeley Hawes and Michael Gambon, which was co-produced by HBO. It will air on BBC One in February 2015.
It is understood that it was that existing relationship between Rowling and the BBC that allowed the public broadcaster to land the Cormoran Strike series. After all, when Rowling was unmasked as the author last year multiple Hollywood Studios pursued the property, with Harry Potter studio Warner Bros. having expressed particular interest.