The Magicians has been hailed as Harry Potter for grown-ups, and it definitely deserves the title, as it is fun, witty, and magical. Fox apparently feels the same way, as they have just bought the rights to turn the popular book into a television drama.
To be written by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, who haveThor and X-Men: First Class in their arsenals (among other awesome stuff), the pilot is all that is planned at the moment, so there’s always a chance it won’t come to fruition as a full-blown show, but here’s hoping!
Here’s more details from deadline.com:
Fox has preemptively bought Magicians, a drama series adaptation of Lev Grossman’s popular fantasy novel, with a script commitment plus penalty. It will be written by X-Men: First Class and Thorco-writers Ashley Miller & Zack Stentz and produced by Michael London (Milk), Shawn Levy and Michael Adelstein. Based on Grossman’s book, which is described as Harry Potter for grown-ups, the one-hour drama follows a group of 20-somethings in New York who study magic and have access to a magical world. London had optioned the novel, which was published in 2009, while 21 Laps/Adelstein had a deal with Miller and Stentz, who have extensive TV background having worked on such series as Fringe and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. All joined forces on the series project, which will be executive produced by Miller, Stentz, London, Levy, Adelstein and Becky Clements. Following the success of The Magicians, Grossman wrote a sequel, The Magician King, which was published in August.
We here at Lytherus are big fans of Grossman’s work, so expect a review of The Magician King soon. And there is an exclusive interview in the works, so stay tuned. I think some questions about this show are in order!