Based upon Grossman’s books— the first of which was published in 2009 — The Magicians stars Jason Ralph 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, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta and Summer Bishil also star in the one-hour drama, executive produced by Groundswell Productions’ London and Janice Williams as well as McNamara and Gamble. Mike Cahill directed the pilot.
The series will begin shooting in Vancouver in July.
Dave Howe, President Syfy: “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.”
Lev Grossman: “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.”
The Magicians - has given a 12-episode series order to its pilot of the same name - joins Syfy’s roster of scripted and development projects, including the upcoming 10-part series The Expanse, starring Thomas Jane; Arthur C. Clarke’s mini-series Childhood’s End, also set to premiere this December; Gale Anne Hurd’s 13-episode thriller Hunters; David Goyer’s Superman prequel, Krypton; and Incorporated, a pilot thriller from Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.
The book was translated in our country too, and you can click on the cover below for more info :)
Will you watch the show? Have you read the book?