HBO Acquires J.K. Rowling Crime Novel Adaptation “Cormoran Strike”


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BBC One’s high-profile limited series CORMORAN STRIKE is headed across the pond to HBO. The project is based on the crime novel by , written under the pen name Robert Galbraith. HBO previously picked up the miniseries adaptation of Rowling’s Casual Vacancy.

Cormoran centers on Strike, played by Tom Burke, a war veteran turned private detective operating out of a tiny office in London’s Denmark Street. Though he’s wounded both physically and psychologically, Strike’s unique insight and his background as a SIB Investigator prove crucial in solving three complex cases which have eluded the police. It will air as three separate event series: The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm, and Career of Evil.

Ben Richards penned Cuckoo’s Calling, which will be directed by Michael Keillor, and Silkworm, while Tom Edge wrote Career of Evil. Production will begin this fall in the UK. Rowling is executive producing through her Bronte & with Neil Blair, Ruh Kenley-Letts, and Elizabeth Kilgarriff.

The first book, Cuckoo’s Calling, was published in 2013 where became an international bestseller, followed by Silkworm in 2014, and Career of Evil in 2015. All were published in by Little, Brown & Company. A fourth book is in the works to debut in 2017.

Rowling is repped by in the UK.

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