When you hear the name J.K. Rowling, most people immediately think of a boy wizard, Hogwarts, and He Who Must Not Be Named. However, Rowling decided to not capitalize on her enormous name recognition for her second book series, Cormoran Strike. Instead, she used the pseudonym Robert Galbraith for the crime novels, and while it may not achieve Harry Potter levels of popularity (has anything ever?), the three books have built up enough of a fandom that BBC One has decided to turn them into a limited series, and according to Deadline, the seven part series will be coming to HBO as well. This will be Rowling’s second collaboration with HBO, as they also aired the BBC miniseries adaptation of The Casual Vacancy, her first post-Potter novel.
Tom Burke (The Musketeers, War & Peace) will play the titular private detective and illegitimate son of a rock star. The first installment will be a three-hour adaptation of The Cuckoo’s Calling, the second a two-hour version of The Silkworm, and the finale the two-hour Career Of Evil. Filming will begin this fall, and the show is set to air sometime in 2017. In the meantime, you can read the three novels so that you can complain on Twitter about how the series doesn’t live up to the book. A fourth novel is slated for release in 2017, so you’ll have plenty to read between now and the HBO roll out.