BBC One and BBC Drama are teaming with J.K. Rowling‘s manager Neil Blair on an exclusive transfer of the Harry Potter author’s first post-Hogwarts novel, The Casual Vacancy. The book will be broken out into a TV series to be produced via an as-yet unnamed independent production company operated by Blair on behalf of The Blair Partnership, and Rick Senat. The number of episodes will be determined once the creative process gets rolling. Rowling will collaborate closely with the project that’s expected to air in 2014. The Casual Vacancy was published in September and sold over 1M copies in its first three weeks. The story, this time for adults as opposed to wizard-loving muggle children, is set in a seemingly perfect English village whose pretty façade hides a town at war. In a statement, Rowling said today, “I’m thrilled that the BBC has commissioned The Casual Vacancy. I always felt that, if it were to be adapted, this novel was best suited to television and I think the BBC is the perfect home.”
BBC Commissions Series Adaptation Of J.K. Rowling’s ‘The Casual Vacancy’
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