SyFy is pushing through with its adaptation of the fantasy novel “The Magicians,” with the announcement that it has greenlit the pilot episode. The show will be handled by writers John McNamara (“Prime Suspect”) and Sera Gamble (“Supernatural”), with Michael London and Janice Williams as producers. Read on to learn more about “The Magicians.”
The story of “The Magicians” involves 20-something New York adults who are students of magic, a passion they have nurtured since childhood. The lead character, Quentin Coldwater, is a graduate of a “magic college” upstate. But Quentin and his friends soon learn that the magical tales and training they have come to love as youngsters can be quite real, dangerous and damaging to the human race.
The New York Times described the theme and story of the book as the “Harry Potter for adults” in its review, with sex and drugs also figuring into the plot. The urban fantasy was first published in 2009 in 22 countries.
In 2011, FOX originally planned on developing the book into a TV show and was already set to film the pilot. But the author, Grossman, himself wrote on his website that the project fell through.
Now, SyFy is giving “The Magicians” another shot.
“Lev Grossman’s dazzling blend of magic and realism will capture the imagination of a new generation of viewers and further strengthen Syfy’s ownership of premium quality sci-fi fantasy drama,” said David Howe, the president of the cable network SyFy in the press release, as published on Zap2It.
Grossman has confirmed that he is involved in the SyFy series in an advisory capacity.
SyFy plans to have the show follow an hour-long format and will most likely have the series lined up in its 2015 programming. The network is bent on gearing up its programming with this pilot order, adding to the roster of already promising scripted originals like “12 Monkeys” and “Ascension.”
And that’s the news on “The Magicians,” which SyFy will be bringing to the small screen for its upcoming programming slate. Check back about the show’s development, as well as other stories only here at Movie News Guide (MNG).
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