Syfy hires Sundance award-winning director to helm The Magicians pilot

The folks at Syfy are bringing in an acclaimed film director to help kick off the ambitious new series The Magicians, and we’re psyched to see what he does with the franchise.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio has tapped Mike Cahill (Another Earth, I, Origins) to helm the pilot of The Magicians, which is based on Lev Grossman's best-selling supernatural book series of the same name.

The series will focus on two 20-somethings who, “while studying magic in New York, discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as kids is real and poses grave danger to humanity.” The script is being written by Sera Gamble (Supernatural) and John McNamara (Prime Suspect).

If you’re unfamiliar with Cahill, it’s understandable, since most of his accolades have come a bit deeper on the indie side of things. He wrote and directed the buzzy 2011 Sundance film Another Earth, plus the feature I, Origins. Both of those efforts were awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize, given to films focusing on science or technology, at Sundance.

Syfy’s EVP of original content, Bill McGoldrick, noted they were “impressed” with Cahill’s work in the feature film world, adding that the network is “very excited” to have him on board to bring The Magicians to life. Cahill has created some of the most visually interesting sci-fi flicks in recent memory, so we can’t wait to see Grossman's books translated through that lens.

Production on the pilot is set to ramp up later this year. With Cahill at the helm, we’re excited to see how it turns out. Are you pleased with the hire? 

(Via The Hollywood Reporter, image credit: Another Earth)

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