We learned late last year that J.K. Rowling was teaming with the BBC One to bring
her uh, Robert Galbraith’s mystery novels to television. Since the announcement, we’ve learned that the third Galbraith book, Career of Evil, will hit shelves on Oct. 20, but have heard next to nothing about when we’d all see Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott on the screen.
That recently changed, however, when the BBC presented their upcoming slate of series, which included some new details about what’s being called The Cormoran Strike Mysteries. Reports from the event claim that production on the series will begin this fall, and an official release from the BBC names Sarah Phelps, who adapted Rowling’s A Casual Vacancy, as the writer for the first Galbraith book, Cuckoo’s Calling, with British TV vet Ben Richards taking The Silkworm.
The release also announced that Julian Farino would direct the series. Farino has a ton of TV experience, in the recent past working extensively with HBO on series like Baller, Entourage, and How to Make It in America.
For those unfamiliar with the books (which you shouldn’t be because they’re brilliant), the press release does a good job at describing the series:
Steeped in the atmosphere of contemporary London, Cormoran Strike’s city is far from the bright lights and frenetic bustle, immersed instead in its darker, murkier side. War veteran turned private detective, Strike investigates shocking crimes together with his female assistant Robin, whose forensic mind and fierce determination he cannot ignore. The murders take them from the hushed streets of Mayfair to the literary haunts of Fitzrovia, exposing the seedy reality lurking beneath seemingly innocent societies. With each crime, they discover a little more about each other and both learn that appearances can be deceptive.
There are no official details yet about when or where the series will make its U.S. debut. The Cormoran Strike Mysteries is being produced by Rowling’s production company, Brontë Film and Television. The company recently produced A Casual Vacancy for the BBC, and that miniseries then aired in the States on HBO. Whether The Cormoran Strike Mysteries goes the same route remains to be seen.