The BBC announced today they would be adapting J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy for television as a mini-series.
In a press release issued today, BBC announced that the series is expected to air on BBC One in 2014, with the number and length of episodes to be decided “once the adaptation process has begun.” The series will be produced for BBC One by an independent production company operated by Neil Blair on behalf of The Blair Partnership, the agency that represents Rowling, and Rick Senat of the BBC will act as executive producer.
J.K. Rowling was also quoted to be “thrilled” that the novel will be adapted. It is reported that she will be very involved with the project, much like she was with the Harry Potter films. She is quoted below:
“I always felt that, if it were to be adapted, this novel was best suited to television and I think the BBC is the perfect home.”
The novel was published in late September and has received mixed reviews from critics. The book is centered around a parish council election in the small, seemingly idyll, English town of Pagford, following the death of council member Barry Fairbrother. Though not a critical success, the book has done very well commercially, selling 1 million copies in three weeks.
BBC has adapted a number of books into miniseries before, including Jane Eyre, Middlemarch, Vanity Fair, Pride and Prejudice, Bleak House, and many more. It would be surprising if they it isn’t a success, and it’s rather unlikely because Rowling will be so involved with it. Let’s hope for the best!
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