It might not be with more Harry Potter, but JK Rowling is back in full force and we couldn’t be more excited. No, we aren’t talking about that play, The Cursed Child. Nor are we talking about the upcoming release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. And no, we aren’t alluding to the three web releases of more wizarding stories either.
We’re talking about a brand new series with absolutely no connection to magic at all — in fact this story is completely set in the Muggle world. Or, you know, the human world.
For those who don’t know, Rowling released a set of crime novels back in 2013, under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith in order to completely separate herself from her previous work. She proved she still has the magic touch when it comes to words though, since the novels — The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm and Career Of Evil went on to become global bestsellers, with roughly four million copies across all editions being snapped up from bookshelves. Naturally a fourth book is planned for next year. And while we’re waiting, we were happy to learn HBO and BBC are collaborating on a new project based on the novels, Cormoran Strike.
This won’t be the first time Rowling’s work will be featured on HBO of course — The Casual Vacancy was her first official project with the cable network when that miniseries debuted in 2015. It was based on the book of the same name, which Rowling published under her own name and which was never as well received as Harry Potter. In fact given the comparisons (despite the books being night and day apart), we aren’t surprised Rowling used a nom de plume for this new series.
Cormoran Strike revolves around a war vet named Strike (played on screen by Tom Burke), who becomes a private detective in London. As he’s dealing with physical and psychological wounds, his unique perspective and way of thinking become an asset as an investigator when the police ask him for his help in solving three complex cases.
Aside from that we don’t know too much about the project just yet, other than that it will basically be three movies, one revolving around each book. To date there’s no word on whether the fourth book will also get the TV treatment, but we do know that Rowling is one of the producers.
Production is starting in London soon, which means we could hope for the first film to air sometime next year. In the meantime, that should give us all plenty of time to check out this “Robert Galbraith’s” writing style, and get plenty jazzed for more Rowling in the near future.