J.K. Rowling fans will be happy to know that even more of her work has been adapted, and once again, she’ll have a new show coming to the BBC. The magical author has a second television show coming out that’s been adapted from one of her novels following on the heels of the hit adaptation of her book The Casual Vacancy. According to Elle, it will be out at the end of the month, but this time, there won’t be any magic at all, just lots and lots of gritty mystery.
In recent years, Rowling hasn’t just been completely owning Piers Morgan on Twitter; she’s also been writing more backstory for the Harry Potter series via her official fan website Pottermore and has even written more books completely unrelated to all things witchcraft and wizardry. Under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith, Rowling released a mystery series around detective Cormoran Strike, with the first book in the series — Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling – getting the TV treatment and being hailed as a complete “style departure” from what we know about Rowling.
In an interview, the project’s executive producer, Ruth Kenley-Letts, explained a bit of what to expect from the show: “What makes Strike an exceptional investigator is that he just works very hard. He’s not like Sherlock [Holmes] — blessed with the ability to see everything. He’s a former soldier who lost a leg in Afghanistan and who had a difficult upbringing. He’s not magical. There’s something appealing about that. It makes a nice change to have a show where the crimes aren’t solved in a clever-dick way but because they put the effort in.”
So, while the show is unfortunately not the Sherlock Holmes/Harry Potter crossover we were secretly hoping for, it is the next cool thing to come from the mind of Rowling. Harry Potter fans should be pleased by the storytelling, and fans of mysteries on the streets of London will have something new to love.
The show is set to come out Aug. 27 on the BBC, but no U.S. release date has been revealed yet.