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In the Works: BBC Set to Adapt J.K. Rowling's 'Casual Vacancy'; 'Jane Eyre' Producer Onboard

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood December 12, 2012 at 11:47AM

The BBC is adapting J.K. Rowling's foray into non-YA lit, "The Casual Vacancy." Brit film and TV producer Paul Trijbits will executive produce a television production of the bestseller. Trijbits is first tasked with finding a writer to adapt.
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The Casual Vacancy

The BBC is adapting J.K. Rowling's foray into non-YA lit, "The Casual Vacancy."  Brit film and TV producer Paul Trijbits will executive produce a television production of the bestseller. Trijbits is first tasked with finding a writer to adapt. (Rowling talks to Charlie Rose about leaving "Harry Potter" and writing "Vacancy" here.)

The producer's resume includes Disney's upcoming Tom Hanks-starrer "Saving Mr. Banks," Working Title's 2011 "Jane Eyre," and major six-part BBC drama "Dancing on the Edge," scheduled to air in early 2013.

Per usual, Rowling will be a close collaborator on the project, overseeing the number and length of episodes. "The Casual Vacancy" was first published in September and sold well despite mixed reviews. It centers on a quaint English town where the economic and generational differences heat up in the wake of a council member's death.

This article is related to: Television, TV News, BBC, The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.