‘Harry Potter’ Author J.K. Rowling Teaming with HBO and the BBC for Small Screen Adaptation

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No, ‘Harry Potter’ isn’t coming to a small screen near you, but the next best thing is – at least for fans of J.K. Rowling, that is.

The author of the worldwide phenomenon that is ‘Harry Potter’ wrote a new novel “The Casual Vacancy” in 2012, and that new novel will be adapted into a three-hour mini-series by the powerhouses HBO and the BBC.

The Casual Vacancy “centers on Pagford, a seemingly idyllic English village with a cobbled market square and ancient abbey. Behind its pretty facade, however, is a town at war: rich at war with the poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands and teachers at war with their students”.

Rowling will serve as executive producer along with her long-time literary agent and producing partner Neil Blair. They will be joined by Paul Trijbits (‘Saving Mr. Banks’) and Rick Senat. The mini-series will be written by Sarah Phelps (‘Eastenders’).

Production on the mini-series will begin this summer, but an official air date has yet to be announced by HBO.

[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]