Who said Harry Potter was all J.K. Rowling had? The author’s pseudonymous novels under the name Robert Galbraith — The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm — have also been given the television adaptation green light thanks to the BBC.
Both novels follow Cormoran Strike, a private investigator who’s a bit more down-on-his-luck than he is successful — his debt is large and his client list quite small — when he’s hired by John Bristow to investigate the supposed suicide of his adopted sister, a famous, fancy supermodel named Lula Landry. Things spiral out in spectacularly fancy fashion from there (I mean, would you expect any less from a story about a supermodel’s tragic death?).
Strike, himself, is the perfect sort of television protagonist. He’s obsessive about his work (mostly because he lives out of his office), has had a hard life — lost his leg in the Afghan war, is divorced — and has absolutely nothing to lose because of it all. Perfect small screen fodder when it comes to investigating one of those “all is not what it seems” sort of deaths.
Danny Cohen, the Director of BBC Television explained, “It’s a wonderful coup for BBC Television to be bringing JK 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.” Brontë Film and TV will produce the drama for the BBC, which is said to be a high profile project for the network. (I believe the word Deadline used was “major,” so that’s likely to mean some high profile casting business of your favorite British actor-types.)
Would you watch a Cuckoo’s Calling television series? Did you read the books? Leave your thoughts in the comments.