HBO to air Rowling’s CORMORAN STRIKE

HBO has announced the purchase of U.S. and Canadian rights to CORMORAN STRIKE, a series based on the Robert Galbraith novel. For those living under a rock, Galbraith is the pseudonym of J.K. Rowling and the three books have sold a reported four million copies worldwide. Rumors of HBO’s involvement has swirled for quite some time, but it is not official.

According to Deadline, BBC One is producing the limited series, which will feature three stories: The Cuckoo’s Calling (3 one hour episodes), The Silkworm (3 one hour episodes) and Career of Evil (2 episodes). As I understand it, each story will be treated as it’s own limited series.

Tom Burke (THE MUSKETEERS, WAR AND PEACE) will star as the title character.

A couple months ago, Rowling revealed that British actor Tom Burke (War and Peace, The Musketeers) would play the title character. The bulk of Burke’s work has been in England, but WAR AND PEACE did air, on A&E, in the U.S. Strike is a war veteran turned private detective operating out of a tiny office in London’s Denmark Street. Though he’s wounded both physically and psychologically, Strike’s unique insight and his background as an SIB Investigator prove crucial in solving three complex cases which have eluded the police.

Production is expected to start, in London, shortly, with the series debuting in late 2017.