The BBC to Adapt JK Rowling's Casual Vacancy
JK Rowling's new book for adults might not be the critical success that the Harry Potter series was, but it's sold enough copies to warrant attention for adaptation.
Rather than a film however, we have the BBC expressing interest in making a show out of The Casual Vacancy. Rowling is pretty pumped about the news:
"I’m thrilled that the BBC has commissioned 'The Casual Vacancy.' 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."
There's no word on when the series will actually debut, but it's probably going to be in 2014 at some point. If you're like me, and have literally no idea what this book is about, you might find this synopsis handy below:
"When Barry Fairbrother dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…. Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town’s council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations? Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults."
Not exactly wizard school, but could be interesting. The $18 eBook price is turning me off however.