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Lev Grossman’s The Magicians Summoned To Television by Fox

Fox has bought a drama series based on The Magicians, the bestselling 2009 fantasy novel by Lev Grossman frequently described as “Harry Potter with sex and drugs,” Deadline reports.

Penned by X-Men: First Class and Thor co-writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, the adaptation, like the book, follows Quentin Coldwater and his classmates at Brakebills, an elite college of magic in upstate New York, who discover that a Narnia-like world from a series of children’s books is real. I recently bought the novel, but I’ve yet to read it; I’ve seen mixed reviews.

The Magician King, Grossman’s sequel to The Magicians, was released in August, picking up two years after the conclusion of the first book.

The television series will be produced by Michael London, Shawn Levy and Michael Adelstein.


  • Anonymous

    What for? NEITHER FOX NOR CW, have the desire to put the money into the FX necessary for the magical and location elements of a show about magic/fantasy. So why bother?

  • Big H

    “Harry Potter with sex and drugs,” = Sold!

  • Brian Middleton Jr

    This book is extremely well written, and also one of the most depressing books I’ve ever read.  I literally could not put it down, and found myself scared and heartbroken throughout the course of the book.  I’d recommend it to anyone that wants to read a book that is well-crafted, and who is willing to take the risk of feeling like dejected alongside the main character.  That being said, I can’t see TV doing this novel justice.

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t finish the book, because I started to hate the main character, Quentin. With that being said, I would definitely watch this as a TV show. It’s going to be like The OC with magic.