THE MAGICIANS: TV Adaptation of Lev Grossman’s Fantasy Series Set at Syfy

     May 4, 2015


Following the success of some show called Game of Thrones, one of the more talked about fantasy book series that has been bandied about as a possible contender is Lev Grossman‘s The Magicians series. Grossman’s novels center on Quentin Coldwater, a young man who heads into upstate New York to attend a super secret school for magic, where he becomes part of a league of powerful magicians; think SUNY Hogwarts. Rumors about an adaptation became all the more louder when the concluding volume of Grossman’s series, The Magician’s Land, was published last summer to rave reviews and a firm landing at the top of the New York Times Best Sellers list.

Well, the wait would seemingly be over, as Syfy announced today that they have put in a series order for an adaptation of Grossman’s works. The decision was based largely off of the evidence of a produced pilot, which was directed by Mike Cahill, who helmed Another Earth and I, Origins, and written by Sera Gamble and John McNamara. Gamble and McNamara will serve as executive producers on the 12-episode series, alongside Janice Williams and Michael London of Groundswell Productions. Shooting is set to commence in Vancouver this July.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Based upon Lev Grossman’s best-selling books, The Magicians stars Jason Ralph (A Most Violent Year, Aquarius) 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 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.  Stella Maeve (Chicago P.D.), Hale Appleman (Teeth), Arjun Gupta (Nurse Jackie) and Summer Bishil (Towelhead, Lucky 7) also star in this one hour drama.