Syfy has handed out a series order to The Magicians, an hour-long adaptation of the Lev Grossman novel series of the same name from Universal Cable Productions and Aquarius creator John McNamara. The project, which landed a pilot order late last year, has received an order for 12 episodes.
The Magicians follows 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 20-something friends soon discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real – and poses grave danger to humanity. The series is produced by Universal Cable Productions and stars Jason Ralph, Sosie Bacon, Stella Maeve, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta and Summer Bishil.
“The Magicians pilot beautifully delivers a world filled with wonder, fantasy and intrigue,” said Dave Howe, President of Syfy. “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 on the Lev Grossman novel of the same name, the series was developed for television by John McNamara and Supernatural scribe Sera Gamble. The duo penned the pilot script and will also serve as executive producers alongside Groundswell Productions’ Michael London and Janice Williams. I Origins helmer Mike Cahill directed the pilot. Production on the series begins in Vancouver this July for a 2016 premiere on Syfy.
“Ever since ‘The Magicians’ was published I’ve wanted to see this story on screen,” said Lev Grossman. “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. Get ready; you’ve never seen anything like this.”
The Magicians is the latest scripted project to get a green-light at Syfy as part of the network aggressive push back into drama after their brand became so associated with cheap and low-impact unscripted series. Other such projects to get a greenlight in recent months include Childhood‘s End, Dark Matter, Killjoys, The Expanse and Hunters, from The Walking Dead executive producer Gale Ann Hurd.