Close to a year after TVWise first reported that such a move was in the works, HBO has officially come on-board BBC One’s drama series The Cormoran Strike Mysteries, an adaptation of the Strike novels by JK Rowling (published under the pen name Robert Galbraith), and will serve as the U.S. and Canadian broadcaster.
The Cormoran Strike Mysteries presently consists of three event dramas, which are based on the three existing novels (adaptations of future Strike novels are a distinct possibility). The Cukoo’s Calling is being adapted as a three-part drama, while The Silkworm and Career Of Evil will be two-parters.
At present, the only confirmed cast member is Tom Burke (The Musketeers, War & Peace), who is playing titular character Cormoran Strike. Strike is a war veteran turned private detective who investigates shocking crimes together with his female assistant Robin, whose forensic mind and fierce determination he cannot ignore. Further casting details, including which actress has been cast as Robin, are expected shortly.
The three event dramas are being produced by JK Rowling’s production company Brontë Film & TV and are set to enter production in London this Autumn. Ben Richards penned both The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm adaptations, while Tom Edge (The Last Dragon Slayer, Lovesick) adapted Career Of Evil. Jackie Larkin is the series producer, while Michael Keillor will direct. J.K Rowling, her long-time agent Neil Blair (Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them, The Casual Vacancy) and Ruth Kenley-Letts (The Casual Vacancy, The Hour) executive produce for Brontë Film & TV. The BBC’s Elizabeth Kilgarriff will also serve as an executive producer.
This is not the first time that HBO has come on-board as the U.S. partner for a J.K Rowling BBC drama. Back in 2014, just as pre-production was getting into full swing, HBO signed on to co-produce the three-part adaptation of Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy, with the network airing the miniseries in April, shorty after it premiered in the UK. This is also the second current BBC show that has landed at HBO in the past month, with the premium cable network having also recently picked up Tracey Ullman’s BBC One series Tracey Ullman’s Show.