HBO/BBC Pick Up J.K Rowling's 'The Casual Vacancy' For Miniseries
Rowling's popular book will find its way onto the silver screen
The BBC and HBO are involved in making a miniseries based on J.K Rowling’s first book for adults, ‘The Casual Vacancy’. In December 2012, the BBC announced that it would be adapting the book for television but it has now revealed that the novel will be made into a three-hour miniseries, co-produced by the BBC and HBO.
J.K Rowling's The Casual Vacancy was the author's first novel for adults
The book, while receiving mixed reviews from the critics, proved to be a commercial success for Rowling, who receives intense publicity and scrutiny every time she writes new material. It sold 125,000 copies in its first week of publication and more than six million copies since then.
One of the more surprising aspects of Rowling’s first novel for adults were the dark themes she explored, especially considering she’d penned 8 of the most popular children’s books of all time. The Casual Vacancy surrounded the inhabitants of a small, West Country village, who each had their own harrowing secrets to keep.
The miniseries is being produced by Bronte Film and Television, the independent production company run by Rowling and Neil Blair, who is executive producing with Paul Trijbits (“Saving Mr. Banks” Golden Globe winner ““Dancing on the Edge“) and Rick Senat.
It is written by Sarah Phelps ('EastEnders,' the BBC’s 'Great Expectations' and 'The Crimson Field') produced by Ruth Kenley-Letts (“The Tunnel,“ “The Hour“) and directed by Jonny Campbell (“In the Flesh,“ “Eric & Ernie“).
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