HBO picks up 'Cormoran Strike' limited series based on J.K. Rowling novels

HBO and J.K Rowling are joining forces again.

The pay cabler has acquired the U.S. and Canadian rights to Cormoran Strike, the limited series based on the Harry Potterauthor's crime novels, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

From BBC One, Cormoran Strike centers on Strike (War and Peace star Tom Burke), a war veteran turned private detective operating out of a tiny office in London's Denmark Street. Though he's wounded both physically and psychologically, Strike's unique insight and his background as an SIB Investigator prove key in solving three complex cases which have eluded the police.

Cormoran Strike will be broken up into three separate event series, starting with the three-hour installment The Cuckoo's Calling, followed by The Silkworm and Career Of Evil, each of which will run two hours.

Ben Richards (The Tunnel) wrote The Cuckoo's Calling and The Silkworm, and Tom Edge (The Last Dragon Slayer) penned Career of Evil.Michael Keillor (Line Of Duty) will direct the first chapter. J.K. Rowling will exec produce through her banner, Brontë Film & TV, along with Neil Blair, Ruth Kenley-Letts and Elizabeth Kilgarriff.

The project was first announced by BBC One in fall 2015, and filming will begin this fall in London.

Cormoran Strike brings Rowling back to HBO, which also aired the miniseries adaptation of her novel No Vacancy in 2015. (Also produced by BBC One.)

Rowling published the Cormoran Strike novels under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith beginning with The Cuckoo's Calling in 2013. (She was not revealed as the author until three months later after the first book's release.) The three books are bestsellers, with a fourth expected in 2017.

In addition to Cormoran Strike, Rowling is also busy with the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film series, the first of which hits theaters on Nov. 17.

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WASHINGTON - APRIL 05: British author J.K. Rowling, creator of the Harry Potter fantasy series, points to the place on her forehead where her title character has a scar while reading 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' during the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 5, 2010 in Washington, DC. About 30,000 people are expected to attend attended the 132-year-old tradition of rolling colored eggs down the South Lawn of the White House. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE 2001 Warner Bros film with Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint
J K Rowling attends the World Premiere of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" at Leicester Square, London, 7th July 2009.
J K Rowling attends the World Premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, London, 11th November 2010.
Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint attends the World Premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, London
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(from L) British actors Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe arrive at the world premiere of 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' in Leicester Square in central London on July 7 2009. The film is the adaptation of the final book in the long-running series about the magical life of the young schoolboy. AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal (Photo credit should read Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON - SEPTEMBER 04: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Actress Emma Watson attends the after party following the UK premiere of ''Driving Lessons,'' at Hedges and Butler on September 4, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint (Photo by DMIPhoto/FilmMagic)
Actor Daniel Radcliffe at the N.Y. Premiere of 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City. 11/11/2001. Photo: Evan Agostini/ImageDirect
Actor Rupert Grint at the N.Y. Premiere of 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City. 11/11/2001. Photo: Evan Agostini/ImageDirect

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