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LONDON — The BBC recently announced plans for a new detective show. It doesn’t involve Benedict Cumberbatch, but J.K. Rowling is at its heart.
Rowling’s Cormoran Strike novels, "The Cuckoo’s Calling" and "The Silkworm," will be the basis of the crime drama. Filming details, the number of episodes and when the series will premiere are yet to be determined, according to BBC.
“It’s a wonderful coup for BBC Television to be bringing J.K. Rowling’s latest books to the screen,” Danny Cohen, director of BBC Television, said in a statement. “With the rich character of Cormoran Strike at their heart, these dramas will be event television across the world.”
Rowling and the BBC will collaborate on the project, and the series will be produced by independent producer Bronte Film and TV, according to The Guardian.
Bronte Film and TV is working on a BBC/HBO adaptation of Rowling’s first novel since Harry Potter, "The Casual Vacancy," The Guardian reported.
"The Casual Vacancy," airing in February, will star Michael Gambon, who played Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films.
Rowling wrote "The Cuckoo’s Calling" under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith last year, and it soon became a bestseller.
The Harry Potter author will be writing more than seven books in this series, she announced at the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival earlier this year, according to BBC.