Netflix’s upcoming Mark Millar series ‘The Magic Order’ has landed two executive producers, Lindsey Beer, and James Wan. Beer will also serve as writer and showrunner. Wan will direct the pilot. They join executive producer Michael Clear, and co-executive producer Rob Hackett, who is overseeing the project. The series is based on a comic book written by Millar, with art by Olivier Coipel, and characters designed by the Netflix team. Millar referred to ‘The Magic Order’ as “The Sopranos meets Harry Potter.”
In the series, five families of magicians sworn to protect our world must battle an enemy who’s picking them off one by one. By day they live among everyday people as neighbors, friends and co-workers, but by night they are the sorcerers, magicians and wizards that protect us from the forces of darkness, unless the darkness gets them first.
Beer wrote the 2018 Netflix original teen romance ‘Sierra Burgess Is a Loser’, and the beleaguered ‘Chaos Walking’. She is also attached to projects that have so far not been completed, including ‘The Kingkiller Chronicle’, the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ reboot, ‘Silver Sable’, ‘Short Circuit’, and another Netflix/Millarworld project, ‘Empress’. This will be her first foray into television.
Wan directed the comic book hit ‘Aquaman’, as well as ‘Saw’, ‘Insidious’ and ‘Insidious 2’, ‘The Conjuring’ and ‘The Conjuring 2’, and ‘Furious 7’. He is serving as producer for DC Universe’s ‘Swamp Thing’, but isn’t directing.
As Millar stated last April:
“As a kid, I always used to rationalize the fact that there were no monsters (since nobody’s ever seen a monster or caught one on camera), with the idea that there are people who take care of this, and that’s why you never see it. So the idea is there’s a family of wizards who have been around for thousands of years and they take care of bad stuff. They live among us as stage magicians and other eccentric jobs during the day, but at night, they get together and take care of problems.”
Are you excited to check out ‘The Magic Order’?