HBO, BBC to Produce J.K. Rowling’s ‘The Casual Vacancy’ as Miniseries

J.K. Rowling

HBO and the BBC have teamed to adapt J.K. Rowling’s novel “The Casual Vacancy” as a three-hour miniseries.

Sarah Phelps (“EastEnders”) has penned the adaptation of the book about a seemingly idyllic English village where various factions are at war: rich vs. poor, teenagers vs. parents, wives vs. husbands etc.

Jonny Campbell (“In the Flesh”) is set to direct with Ruth Kenley-Letts (“The Hour”) producing. Production will begin this summer in south west England.

Rowling (pictured) is exec producing with Neil Blair, her partner in Bronte Film and Television. Paul Trijbits (“Saving Mr. Banks”) and Rick Senat also exec produce.

BBC commissioned the project from the creator of the “Harry Potter” franchise shortly after its publication in 2012.

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  1. jhudiam says:

    Reblogged this on blog & reblogging and commented:
    wow! HBO bought it. Can’t wait to see this on screen. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Meann ★ says:

    Reblogged this on The Girl Who Read and Other Stories and commented:
    This would be great as a mini-series, come to think of it. Excited to see how they will make it more…TV friendly!

  3. The Casual Vacancy is a really good book! I’m so goddamned excited for this.

  4. LOL says:

    Only they’re making this crap is because of Rowling’s brand name. The woman has turned contemporary adults into idiotic imbeciles who now find sophisticated grownup literature too demanding, and will rather go for silly spectacle.

    • Street Films says:

      You can’t turn contemporary adults into idiotic imbeciles when they already are idiotic imbeciles. Of course you might have a go at future, past or dead adults, maybe contemporary children, or even genius infants.

    • Alex says:

      Just because you don’t like it, it doesn’t make it stupid. It’s not about Rowling’s brand name, it’s about her writing. And she didn’t turn contemporary adults into idiotic imbeciles, she just presented a certain type of society as it really is, with its flaws. If I wanted someone to present me the society only with its qualities, I would have gone to a drug addict who sees dragons to make a summary for me. If she would have written about a wonderful society, you would have accused her of being blind and of incapability to see things properly. How many writers described the society as a perfect place to develop? The society puts you down and makes you ordinary from extraordinary. And this is what she shows. And if you don’t like it, you don’t have to watch it. I never understood why people stop and write comments for things they do not care about or even hate. If I want to write a comment, I’d better waste my time, writing one for somethting I love. Like now.

  5. gabor tibor says:

    szeretnék beszélni a J, K. ROWLIG HŐLGYEL HOGY TUDNÁM ELÉRNI…

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