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Syfy Taps Mike Cahill to Direct 'The Magicians' (Exclusive)

The 'Another Earth' alum will oversee the pilot

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Mike Cahill

Syfy is looking to the film world to set the tone for its adaptation of The Magicians.

The NBCUniversal-owned cable network has tapped Another Earth's Mike Cahill to direct the pilot for its adaptation of Lev Grossman's best-selling book series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The Magicians, from Universal Cable Productions, centers 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. John McNamara (Prime Suspect) and Sera Gamble (Supernatural) will pen the script, with Michael London (Milk) producing. Cahill will direct the pilot, which begins production later this year.

“We were impressed with Mike’s feature work and his passion for this material," said Bill McGoldrick, evp original content at Syfy. "We are very excited that he will be the one bringing The Magicians to life.”

Cahill wrote and directed the 2011 Sundance hit Another Earth as well as sci-fi entry I, Origins. Both films received the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize — awarded for movies focusing on science or technology — at Sundance.

Cahill is repped by WME and Sloane Offer.

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