J.K. Rowling’s crime novels, written under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith, will be adapted into a TV series that will air on BBC One, the author announced herself this morning via her Twitter account.

“My friend Robert Galbraith’s first novel is going to be a TV drama on BBC One,” the writer tweeted to her almost four million followers. “He’s very excited, but expressing it with characteristic silence.” She went on to state that she was “exactly as excited as he is.”

Rowling surprised the world in July last year, when it was revealed that she had published a crime novel under a different pen name three months before. The Cuckoo’s Calling was published in April 2013 to rave reviews from readers. Before the identity of its author was revealed, the novel had sold over 1500 copies, tracking ahead of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the compared time span; and it had already received offers from two different TV networks wanting to buy adaptation rights.

This year, Galbraith published his second novel, The Silkworm. In a promo event this July, Rowling confirmed that she plans to write more Cormoran Strike books than Harry Potter novels. “I love writing these books,” she said. “One of the things I love about this genre is that – unlike [the Harry Potter series] where there is an overarching story, here you are talking about discrete stories. So as long as your detective lives you can give him cases.” She stated that at the moment she was a third into the writing of the third novel in the series, which would explore the world of returning soldiers and what happens to people after they come back from war.

It’s been confirmed that J.K. Rowling will collaborate on the project. “It’s a wonderful coup for the BBC to be bringing JK Rowling’s latest books to the screen, “said Danny Cohen, director of BBC television. “With the rich character of Cormoran Strike at their heart, these dramas will be event television across the world.”

Rowling’s other non-Potter book, The Casual Vacancy, was also adapted by the BBC into a three-part miniseries that will debut in February. “We’re delighted to be bringing these best-selling novels to the screen and to be working once again alongside the BBC;” said Neil Blair, Rowling’s agent and executive producer of the Vacancy adaptation.

Casting for the lead character is apparently underway and filming is expected to happen some time next year. We are very excited about this project and we’ll sure keep you updated on it!

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