HBO Snags JK Rowling's Cormoran Strike Series

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HBO has picked up the U.S. and Canadian television rights to "Cormoran Strike," based on the series of crime novels written by "Harry Potter" creator J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

The BBC One adaptation was announced 2014, and it was confirmed earlier this year that Tom Burke ("War and Peace," "The Musketeers") will star in the title role. Filming is set to begin this fall.

Debuting in 2013, the "Cormoran Strike" novels follow a Vietnam War veteran turned private detective who battles physical and psychological wounds as he tackles high-profile crimes with his assistant/partner Robin. Three months after the release of the first book, "The Cuckoo's Calling," was revealed as the author. She has since released two more installments, "The Silkworm" and "Career of Evil," and is expected to publish a fourth next year.

According to Deadline, "Cormoran Strike" will air as a three-event series, which will include a three-hour version of "The Cuckoo's Calling," followed by two-hour adaptations of "The Silkworm" and "Career of Evil."

Michael Keillor ("Line of Duty") will direct "The Cuckoo's Calling" from a script by Ben Richards ("The Tunnel") who also adapted "The Silkworm." The third installment of the series was written by Tom Edge ("The Last Dragon Slayer"). Rowling will serve as an executive producer on the project.

BBC and HBO partnered previously to adapt Rowling's "Casual Vacancy," her first novel released following the completion of "Harry Potter."

Rowling has been busy this year working on the "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" movie franchise that will introduce audiences to the wizarding world in 1920s America. The first film debuts Nov. 18.

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