by: Donna Whitehead
Proving once and for all that no J.K. Rowling prose can go unadapted, BBC One is creating a drama series based on her CORMORAN STRIKE mystery novels. The books follow down-and-out private eye and army veteran Cormoran Strike and his new assistant Robin Ellacott as they struggle to bring their business into the black. The first novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling, details the investigation into the death of a supermodel; the second, The Silkworm, follows the disappearance of a waning novelist. Bronte Film and TV will produce the series.
It should be interesting to see how the Cormoran Strike novels play on screen. In keeping with Rowling’s other post-Potter outing, The Casual Vacancy, they’re not very cheery, although there’s a certain amount of dry wit, and they don’t have the fastest-moving of plots. But Britain’s had a lot of success with sedate, season-long murder mysteries of late (think Broadchurch), so as long as no one’s expecting Harry Potter, it should work just fine. BBC One is also airing the Casual Vacancy miniseries in February, so Rowling fans needn’t wait too long for a televised fix.