Syfy has conjured a series order for The Magicians, an adaptation of Lev Grossman’s best-selling novels.
The Magicians stars Jason Ralph (A Most Violent Year, NBC’s 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 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 (Smash), Arjun Gupta (Nurse Jackie) and Summer Bishil (Lucky 7) also star.
The pilot was penned by John McNamara (Aquarius) and Sera Gamble (Supernatural), who will serve as executive producers alongside Michael London and Janice Williams.
“The Magicians pilot beautifully delivers a world filled with wonder, fantasy and intrigue,” Syfy president Dave Howe said in a statement. “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.”
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“Ever since The Magicians was published I’ve wanted to see this story on screen,” Lev Grossman said. “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 12-episode first season will begin shooting in Vancouver in July.