A 12-episode adaptation of Lev Grossman’s The Magicians has been ordered by Syfy — and here’s hoping it fares better than that other wizard series turned Syfy adaptation The Dresden Files.
The news was announced by Grossman on Twitter, who would go on to squeal in a statement, “Ever since The Magicians was published I’ve wanted to see this story on screen.”
“The people, the school, the other worlds, the magic. I’m so thrilled that it’s finally happening, and I’m beyond thrilled that we found the right people to do it.”
Added Syfy president Dave Howe, “The Magicians pilot beautifully delivers a world filled with wonder, fantasy and intrigue. We can’t wait to delve deeper into the lives of Quentin and his college friends as they struggle with the enormity of their burgeoning powers — and unleash them upon the world.”
Based upon Grossman’s books— the first of which was published in 2009 — The Magicians stars Jason Ralph (A Most Violent Year) as Quentin Coldwater, a brilliant grad student who enrolls in Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, a secret upstate New York university specializing in magic. He and his twentysomething friends soon discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real — and poses a grave danger to humanity. Stella Maeve (Chicago P.D.), Hale Appleman (Teeth), Arjun Gupta (Nurse Jackie) and Summer Bishil (Towelhead) also star in the one-hour drama, executive produced by Groundswell Productions’ London and Janice Williams as well as McNamara and Gamble. Mike Cahill (I Origins) directed the pilot. The series will begin shooting in Vancouver in July.