J. K. Rowling has never been a one-trick pony, merely restricted to the magical goings-on of her elaborate #HarryPotter wizarding world. In fact, as the author has shown over the last few years, she's pretty eager to stick her fingers into a variety of pies when it comes to her creative output.
Although in recent times #JKRowling has been keeping busy with the wildly successful Harry Potter and The Cursed Child stage production and is awaiting the release of the #FantasticBeasts blockbuster, it seems she's already eager to dig into a brand new project.
Reports are out that HBO has acquired the US and Canadian rights to Cormoran Strike, BBC's limited series based on Rowling's crime novels, which she penned under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The network previously also spearheaded The Casual Vacancy project – here's the trailer of their previous collaboration with our beloved J. K.:
The new HBO project, Cormoran Strike, takes on a complete different subject matter. The plot centers on Strike, a war veteran who becomes a private detective, operating out of a small London office on Denmark Street. Although he's wounded both physically and mentally as a result of his difficult past in combat, he offers his expertise in solving three complex cases abandoned by the police. Here's the full synopsis:
"After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man."
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Although the project is still in its early stages with filming only scheduled to begin this fall, we do know that fellow Brit Tom Burke (The Musketeers, War & Peace) will be starring in the leading role and that Cormoran Strike will air as three separate event episodes. The Cuckoo's Calling will be a three-hour crime extravaganza, with The Silkworm and Career of Evil both running over two-hours.
As it stands, it appears as if anything J. K. Rowling touches turns to gold, and considering the novels went on to become best-sellers, it's pretty much a given fact that the Cormoran Strike series will be the next big thing on HBO. Watch this space.
Are you excited for HBO's collaboration with J. K. Rowling on Cormoran Strike?