HBO Nabs American Rights To J.K. Rowling Series

By October 27, 2016


J.K. Rowling’s move back to the muggle world is almost complete now that HBO and BBC One are bringing her crime novels to television.

The British broadcaster and the American premium cable channel are set to produce a limited series based on Rowling’s private investigator character, Cormoran Strike, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The books, which she published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, include The Cuckoo’s CallingThe Silkworm and Career of Evil.

BBC One first acquired the rights to the Harry Potter author’s series in 2014, announcing plans for a series last year.

British actor Tom Burke, who recently played Fedya Dolokhov in History’s War & Peace, is Cormoran Strike, a war veteran who now runs a small private investigation firm in London.

Though he’s wounded both physically and psychologically, Strike’s unique insight and his background as (a) Special Investigation Branch investigator, prove key in solving three complex cases which have eluded the police.

The total series will run seven hours, with three devoted to the first book, and the others running two hours each. Screenplays for each were written by Ben Richards and Tom Edge. Richards created the short-lived British science-fiction drama Outcasts in 2010, and more recently wrote the British crime drama The Tunnel starring Clemence Poesy and Stephen Dillane.

Edge is an executive producer and writer for Lovesick on Netflix, which originally was known as Scrotal Recall.

HBO’s deal will give it exclusive broadcast rights in the United States and Canada. It’s expected to be released sometime in 2017.

Rowling is staying busy. Not only does she have a fourth book in the Cormoran Strike series underway, but she’s been flexing her screenplay writing muscles in the Harry Potter universe, penning next month’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

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