J.K. Rowling’s international best-seller The Casual Vacancy, released in September of this year, is set to be adapted for television by the BBC. The Casual Vacancy is Rowling’s first venture into the world of fiction after the massive success of the Harry Potter series.
The novel, a “tragicomedy”, follows the death of a Parish Councillor in England and the cutthroat circumstances of the election to replace him. Rowling uses dark humor to examine political and social themes, demonstrating a vast departure from her earlier works.
The television series will be made by an independent production company run by Rowling’s literary agent Neil Blair and Rick Sant, formerly of Warner Bros. BBC reports that Rowling will be intimately involved in The Casual Vacancy‘s adaptation to the small screen. The first episode should air sometime in 2014.
*Written by Amanda Goetze