Fox is making a drama series about a school for magicians, but this particular learning institution probably resembles Hogwarts about as much as your alma mater did.”The Magicians,” based on a novel of the same name by Time book critic Lev Grossman, takes a framework similar to “Harry Potter” and “fills it with touchy, angst-ridden twentysomethings,” according to the AV Club.
In addition to the older student body, “The Magicians” differs itself from “Harry Potter” by means of alcohol, gay characters and a generally older vibe. Plus, the book features some pretty heavy doses of sexual content, so it’ll be interesting to see how Fox translates that to the small screen.
The A.V. Club article says the show’s central school will be located in New York City, but the novel took place upstate, so it’s unclear if that will still be the case or if they moved the setting for TV.
“Thor” and “X-Men: First Class” writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz have been tapped to handle writing duties, which makes sense, considering “X-Men” also revolved around a school for uniquely talented adolescents.
Grossman’s book was both a critical and commercial hit when it was released in 2009—Grossman has since written a sequel, called “The Magician King”—which means Fox can depend on a built-in fanbase in addition to the hook of an edgier “Harry Potter.”
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