BBC announced today that Robert Galbraith's Cormoran Strike novels will be adapted for a major new television series for BBC One, produced by Bronte Film and TV. The Cuckoo's Calling (published by Little, Brown) is the first in the Cormoran Strike series and J.K. Rowling's first crime novel written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The Cuckoo's Calling was published to critical acclaim in 2013 and went on to be a global bestseller, followed in 2014 by The Silkworm.
Rowling will collaborate on the project, with the number and length of episodes to be decided once the creative adaptation process has formally begun. This marks a continuation of the BBC's relationship with Brontë Film and TV and J.K. Rowling. Brontë is also making J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy, a three-part serial which will be aired on BBC One in February 2015.
Neil Blair, Chairman of Bronte Film, had this to say in the following statement.
"We're delighted to be bringing these best-selling novels to the screen and to be working once again alongside the BBC."
Danny Cohen, Director of BBC Television, also offered his own statement.
"It's a wonderful coup for BBC Television to be bringing J.K. Rowling's latest books to the screen. With the rich character of Cormoran Strike at their heart, these dramas will be event television across the world."
The series was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One and Ben Stephenson, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning. The Cuckoo's Calling follows former war veteran Cormoran Strike, who became a private investigator after losing a leg during the Afghanistan war. Barely scraping by with just one client, Cormoran meets John Bristow, whose sister, the famous supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as Cuckoo, died a few months earlier. While the police ruled it a suicide, Bristow believes otherwise, and hires Strike to investigate, which brings him into the glamorous world of millionaire beauties and their rock star boyfriends.