“The Casual Vacancy,” J.K. Rowling’s literary follow-up to her insanely successful “Harry Potter” franchise, didn’t have the big pomp and circumstance the world’s most famous boy wizard had–the book had mixed reviews despite over six million copies flying off the shelves–but it will soon have its own lane of popularity when it gets in the hands of HBO and the BBC.
The dramatic book by Rowling, which features a picturesque English country town that seems to be more akin to “Peyton Place” in terms of its disagreeing populace, will be turned into a three-hour miniseries, wrote The Hollywood Reporter. The miniseries will be directed by Jonny Campbell (“Eric & Ernie”), with the script written by Sarah Phelps, who is the scriptwriter behind “EastEnders” and BBC’s adaptation of “Great Expectations.” Rowling will executive produce the miniseries through Bronte Film and Television, a production company she runs with her literary agent and producing partner, Neil Blair. Blair is also an executive producer along with Paul Trijbits (“Dancing on the Edge,” “Saving Mr. Banks”). Ruth Kenley-Letts (“The Hour”) will produce.
Let’s hear from the Rowling fans about this latest feather in the popular author’s cap. What do you think about “The Casual Vacancy” coming to television? Discuss this news in the comments section.