The BBC’s bringing JK Rowling’s The Cuckoo’s Calling to our screens

The Cuckoo’s Calling is coming to a small screen near you. Once mooted as a possible Hollywood blockbuster, the detective novel JK Rowling published under the pseudonym ‘Robert Galbraith’ is now being adapted by the BBC. Rowling won’t be writing it, but she’ll apparently have a lot of input.

Last year the literary world was shocked, shaken, and seriously impressed by the secrecy with which JK released the book. It immediately climbed the bestseller charts and the second book in the series, The Silkworm, was released soon after.

The books are part of a series about Cormoran Strike, an ex-soldier turned private detective. In The Cuckoo’s Calling, he’s struggling to make ends meet after returning injured from Afghanistan when he’s handed a glamorous case that sees him infiltrate the fashion industry.

Rather than being limited to seven like the Harry Potter books, JK told the BBC this series could run and run. It’s not yet been decided how many episodes they’ll make, but if it’s successful, maybe we’re looking at the new Morse – or at least the British Jack Reacher. In the meantime, the mini-series based on Rowling’s first grown-up novel, The Casual Vacancy, which stars Keeley Hawes and Michael Gambon, is coming to BBC One in February.

It used to be that fans had to wait years for a new JK Rowling project, but now she’s churning them out like there’s no tomorrow. Fingers crossed there will be, though, because that’s when she’ll start adding new content to Pottermore every day until Christmas.

She’s also co-producing a play based on Harry Potter, writing the screenplay for Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and finishing the fourth Cormoran Strike book. Plus, her Harvard commencement speech will be published as Very Good Lives in April 2015. What a time to be alive and a Rowling fan.

Image via Daniel Ogren’s Flickr.

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