J.K Rowling’s 2012 novel, The Casual Vacancy, is be adapted into a BBC miniseries it has been revealed. The news officially broke in 2012, shortly after the novel’s release, but since then there has been no news regarding the development of the series until now.
Set in the West Country town of Pagford, the story of The Casual Vacancy begins with the death of a well-known Parish Councillor, a consequence of which means that a position on the council is now up for grabs. Parties form across Pagford in light of the councillor’s death with several figures in running for the role. But things take a turn for the worse when some of their darkest secrets emerge from an internet forum, compromising each of their campaigns.
The adaptation itself, which is due out later this year, is to be jointly produced by both the BBC and HBO with a screenplay being adapted by Sarah Phelps, who wrote the screenplays for 2011’s Great Expectations adaptation, 2014’s The Crimson Field and the upcoming version of the Agatha Christie novel, And Then There Were None (due out next year). The Casual Vacancy will be helmed by Jonny Campbell who has directed episodes for several well-known TV series over the years such as Spooks, Doctor Who and last year’s In the Flesh. Rowling herself is set to serve as Executive Producer on the project alongside her agent.