BBC commissions series based on J.K. Rowling’s ‘The Casual Vacancy’

By Daniel S Levine,

J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy is headed to television. The BBC has commissioned a series based on the Harry Potter author’s first adult novel.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, BBC One and BBC Drama will work with Neil Blair through The Blair Partnership, which represents Rowling. Rick Senat will be the series’ producer. Blair struck the deal after discussions with BBC One controller Danny Cohen.

Rowling, who will work closely on the series, released a statement, saying, “I’m thrilled that the BBC has commissioned The Casual Vacancy. I always felt that, if it were to be adapted, this novel was best suited to television and I think the BBC is the perfect home,” reports Deadline.

Cohen praised Rowling’s writing as “peerless in its popularity,” adding, “This project highlights the ambition and scale of BBC One Drama, as well as the ability of modern television to attract the world's biggest talent and most exciting creative ideas.”

The book reached the 1 million copies sold mark just three weeks after it was published in September.

The number of episodes has yet to be determined, but the BBC is hoping to start airing the series in 2014.

The Casual Vacancy centers on an English town that may look idyllic on the outside, but that is just a facade, hiding the fact that it is at war.

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