In a surprising development, the BBC has signed a deal to turn a little known author's book into a television series - airing on its flagship channel, BBC One, no less.
BBC One and BBC Drama with The Blair Partnership, which represents the author, will exclusively adapt J.K. Rowling’s first attempt at adult literature, “The Casual Vacancy."
The series is expected to hit the small screen in 2014. Rowling will be closely involved in the project, which has not yet determined how many episodes will be created and how long they will be.
Rowling shot to worldwide notoriety with her much beloved Harry Potter series. "The Casual Vacancy" was a big change for her, as it focused on an English town with a lot of tension - be in class warfare, teenagers raging against the machine or husbands and wives fighting to find a workable middle ground.
The author is very happy that the BBC will be adapting her book.
"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," she said.
BBC One controller Danny Cohen called Rowling's storytelling "peerless in its popularity," saying that, "This project highlights the ambition and scale of BBC One Drama, as well as the ability of modern television to attract the world's biggest talent and most exciting creative ideas," Cohen said.