JK Rowling's The Casual Vacancy set for TV miniseries

The British author's follow-up to Harry Potter is expected to air in 2015

JK Rowling's The Casual Vacancy is to be made into a TV adaptation, set to start shooting in South West England this summer.

The political-leaning follow-up to her bestselling Harry Potter series was first picked up by the BBC over a year ago.

Now, US cable network HBO has joined as co-producer to help turn the book into a three-hour miniseries.

Rowling is on board as executive producer and former EastEnders writer Sarah Phelps has penned the script. Bafta-winning Jonny Campbell will direct.

Published in 2012, The Casual Vacancy explores life in the seemingly quaint and peaceful village of Pagford.

In truth, rich and poor; children and parents; teachers and students; wives and husbands are at war following the death of a popular councilman.

 

To date, The Casual  Vacancy has sold more than six million copies worldwide, despite tepid reviews from most critics.

Rowling has had a change of heart since she told USA Today shortly after the novel's release that she did not consider it fit for the screen.

"I think it's a very novelly novel in that a lot of what goes on happens internally," she said. "And film isn’t necessarily the best medium to portray that."

As of yet there is no word on who might be cast in the miniseries, which is expected to air on the BBC in 2015.

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