Looks like fantasy shows are a hot commodity in TV land! With ‘Once Upon A Time’ and ‘Grimm’ premiering this month, Fox has decided to join the fantasy foray with an adaptation of ‘The Magicians’.
According to Deadline, Fox has commissioned a script commitment for the series which will be billed as a 1 hour drama for the network. They have hired ‘X-Men: First Class’ and ‘Thor’ writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz to write the teleplay for this 1 hour drama. Miller and Stentz have extensive knowledge in television writing for this genre as they have both worked on such shows as ‘Fringe’, ‘Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles’, ‘Andromeda’ and ‘The Twilight Zone.’
If you’re unfamiliar with ‘The Magicians’, here’s a synopsis of the book from Lev Grossman’s site:
“Quentin Coldwater is brilliant and miserable. He’s a senior in high school, and a certifiable genius, but he’s still secretly obsessed with a series of fantasy novels he read as a kid, about the adventures of five children in a magical land called Fillory. Compared to that, anything in his real life just seems gray and colorless.
Everything changes when Quentin finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the practice of modern sorcery. He also discovers all the other things people learn in college: friendship, love, sex, booze, and boredom. But something is still missing. Magic doesn’t bring Quentin the happiness and adventure he thought it would.
Then after graduation, he and his friends make a stunning discovery: Fillory is real”
‘The Magicians’ has often been touted as a ‘Harry Potter’ for adults and has received much critical acclaim from the New York Times and Publisher’s Weekly. A follow up novel was just released last August called ‘The Magician King.’
I love the concept of the book and with the ‘Harry Potter’ movies now a thing of the past, this may be a way to fill the hole that the lack of Potter movies have left . With all the new fantasy and sci-fi shows premiering and in the works, do you think ‘The Magician’ has a chance of not disappearing into thin air? Let us know what you think!