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Fantasy Novel ‘The Magicians’ Gets Adaption at Fox

In the ever growing trend of fairytale
infused dramas, Fox has picked up Lev Grossman’s The Magicians
to be adapted for a series. Deadline was first to report on
the new project that has received a commitment for a script to be
penned by X-Men: First Class and Thor writers, Ashley
Miller and Zack Stentz. The pair also have television experience
having worked on both Fringe and Terminator: The Sarah
Conner Chronicles
.

Described as Harry Potter for adults,
the adaption of Grossman’s novel will be a one-hour drama centering
on twenty-somethings who study magic in New York, but also have
access to an enchanted world. Fox will be looking to cash in on the
popularity of the 2009 novel, and it’s sequel, The Magician King,
which recently released in August.

The Magicians will be the second
urban fantasy picked up this year. Late last month, Kings
creator Michael Green landed a pilot with ABC for a cop drama with
fairy tale twist centering on a female police officer. Miller and
Stentz’s script will also have to set itself apart from NBC’s Grimm
and ABC’s Once Upon a Time, which make up this season’s new
crop of fantastical dramas.

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