Syfy Orders Lev Grossman’s THE MAGICIANS To Series

Syfy Orders Lev Grossman’s THE MAGICIANS To Series

Everyone wants in on Game of Thrones' piece of the pop culture pie. Recently, MTV gave a full-series order to an adaptation of the Shannara fantasy series and now Syfy has similarly pulled the trigger on a pilot for The Magicians.

While Shannara has received a full series order, Syfy has only made a pilot commitment for an adaptation of Lev Grossman’s fantasy trilogy, The Magicians. Here's the Press Release:

SYFY GREENLIGHTS PILOT OF THE MAGICIANS,
ADAPTATION OF LEV GROSSMAN’S BEST-SELLING FANTASY SERIES
TO BE PRODUCED BY UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS


SCRIPT BY JOHN MCNAMARA (Prime Suspect) AND SERA GAMBLE (Supernatural) WITH MICHAEL LONDON (MILK) AS PRODUCER
 



NEW YORK – July 10, 2014 – Continuing its strategy to create bold and distinctive sci-fi fantasy drama, Syfy today announced that it has greenlit a pilot of The Magicians, an adaptation of Lev Grossman’s best-selling fantasy book series which has been published in 22 countries.

From Universal Cable Productions, the pilot script was written by John McNamara (Prime Suspect) and Sera Gamble (Supernatural). Michael London (Milk) and Janice Williams (All Good Girls) are set to produce.

The one-hour drama follows 20-somethings who, while studying magic in New York, discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real and poses a grave danger to humanity.

In making the announcement, Dave Howe, President, Syfy, said: “Lev Grossman’s dazzling blend of magic and realism will capture the imagination of a new generation of viewers and further strengthen Syfy’s ownership of premium quality sci-fi fantasy drama.”



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18 Comments
Graz - 7/13/2014, 6:34 AM
First! Always wanted to do that
SackUSMC27 - 7/13/2014, 6:52 AM
"bold and distinctive sci-fi fantasy drama"

Yeah, that's why it's going to have beautiful 20-somethings discover that they're special in some way and must work together to defend themselves and the world from a grave danger.
Xienn - 7/13/2014, 6:55 AM
Syfy doesn't really know how to handle good shows. Look at Firefly, The Dresden Files, etc... no matter how successful it is, Syfy will likely cancel it after a single season as they seem to suffer when it comes to matching appropriate sponsors up with shows. They'll likely take this 20-something's show and put it with adds for adult diapers. In a year they'll wonder why it failed to reach it's demographic target audience, and we'll have another show who's followers are upset at it's sudden cancellation. Syfy... stick to reruns of the Six Million Dollar Man, you've killed too many great shows already.
Niklander - 7/13/2014, 7:02 AM
Probably will get cancelled
DetBullock - 7/13/2014, 7:17 AM
Shannara?
They're making a Shannara TV series!?
The only book I read from that series was downright painful, the prose and the dialogues loooked like something from a very bad fanfiction.
Joementum - 7/13/2014, 7:41 AM
Firefly killed by Syfy.

no

Twas a Fox who clamped the locks.
Ranger14 - 7/13/2014, 8:22 AM
"Syfy doesn't really know how to handle good shows. Look at Firefly"

Syfy carried reruns of Firefly. Firefly was a Fox series...as already noted.

Syfy is hit or miss, not unlike the CW. I enjoyed Warehouse 13, Haven, Continuum and a few other shows on SyFy. Not saying they are great shows, but entertaining enough for me to watch.
MarkV - 7/13/2014, 11:34 AM
There is a third Magician book on the way great series, but the first book suffers from a week ending. Best to read the first two books back to back as a single narrative.
lowlighthabit - 7/13/2014, 11:53 AM
Continuum is actually a Canadian show that SyFy rebroadcasts (very good show though). Sadly SyFy has the dubious honor of greenlighthing shows like Sharknado and Sharknado 2, giving the impression that they only create B rated content. Warehouse 13 and Eureka were good shows. If The Magicians stays away from "comedy" content, it could be a big hit for SyFy. Would be nice to see some more serious Sci Fi/Fantasy come to the channel.
nikgrid - 7/13/2014, 12:29 PM
Too bad Sam Raimi f.ucked up Terry Goodkinds books by making legend of the seeker. What about Raymond Feist.
InsideMan - 7/13/2014, 1:52 PM
Syfy does ruin great shows, remember ALPHAS, one of the best original series that they ever produced and it got cancelled after season 2!! Leaving a huge cliffhanger for fans!! After that, I avoided their shxtty programming and crappy movies....

rockstar728 - 7/13/2014, 3:11 PM
What about a Wheel of Time series?
BlindJustice - 7/13/2014, 7:51 PM
I like how the article used Syfy and sci-fi in the President's quote.
BlindJustice - 7/13/2014, 7:53 PM
Oh and how about a Forgotten Realms series! Icewind Dale and Neverwinter are calling!
loki668 - 7/14/2014, 12:19 AM
@rockstar728

We will never be so lucky. Can you imagine the logistics of bringing all of those books to the big screen in a coherent fashion?

@BlindJustice

Drizzt would be an interesting character to bring to the screen
Nubase - 7/14/2014, 4:51 AM
Sy Fy has Helix which is a top show and could very well be their best show since Galactica but sc fi shows are always risky, not many have been successful but the sounds of this show does not excite me, if anyone has not seen Helix check it out, its very good
m0th3r - 7/14/2014, 7:26 AM
Helix was a distinct improvement on other Syfy shows.....hopefully that trend continues...
woodrow765 - 7/14/2014, 9:46 AM
Its about time. I loved this book, the end was very tragic, but I loved it. second one was meh though

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