SyFy has been betting big on scripted content in the last year with the orders for a 12 Monkeys adaptation, the recently debuted Dominion ( a sequal to the movie Legion), and space bounty hunter series The Killjoys among others. Now they have added The Magicians to their growing slate of properties. The Magicians, which can be billed as Harry Potter for adults, follows an intelligent but social awkward teenager who is accepted into a university to learn magic, only to discover that learning magic is difficult, often boring, and does not alleviate his social deficiencies. To make matters worse, their is a real magical threat to humanity boiling under the surface.
The Magicians is based on a trilogy of books by Lev Grossman. The books had previously been optioned by Fox for adaptation in 2011, though Fox chose not to move ahead. SyFy has ordered a pilot for the could-be series which was written by John McNamara (Brisco County Jr.) and Sera Gamble (Supernatural).