Touted as Netflix’s answer to the Harry Potter franchise and an amalgamation between The Sopranos and Harry Potter, The Magic Order has inarguably grabbed the attention of Netflix subscribers even when it has not reached the production stage. Based upon a comic book series written by Mark Millar, with illustrations by Olivier Coipel (volume one), Stuart Immonen (volume two) and Gigi Cavenago (Volume 3), The Magic Order became a Netflix thing in 2017, giving birth to the whole new Millarworld.
For those unversed, The Magic Order follows the lives of five families of magicians who have taken a vow to protect the world.
The series emphasizes the main family of Moonstones.
Here’s the official synopsis of the comics by Mark Millar:
“We live in a world where we’ve never seen a monster, and The Magic Order is the reason we sleep safely in our beds. Magic meets the mob in The Magic Order, as five families of magicians sworn to protect our world for generations-must battle an enemy who’s picking them off one by one. By day, they live among us as our neighbors, friends, and co-workers, but by night, they are the sorcerers, magicians, and wizards that protect us from the forces of darkness…unless the darkness gets them first.”
Has the production of The Magic Order begun?
According to What’s on Netflix, The Magic Order, “is moving forward after it faced troubles throughout the pandemic but is back on track and will start filming in 2023.” Initially, James Wan ad Lindsey Beer were the two acclaimed names attached to this project, serving not only as executive producers but also in other roles, like Wan was set to direct while Beer, was the showrunner.
With the advancement of time, Peter Cameron and Joyce Sherri joined the writing team, with Andre Overdal reported directing some episodes. Additionally, Olivia Cooke was also rumoured to reprise the role of Cordelia Moonstone.
At the time of writing, the involvement of people in the project is quite in the dark since the executive producers are involved in a plethora of projects. Lindsey Beer is attached to projects like a new Pet Sematary movie, while Wan has been involved with Netflix for Archive 81 and other projects such as Insidious 5, The Nun 2, Knight Rider and Salem’s Lot.
How has the journey of Netflix and The Magic Order been so far?
Back in August 2017, Netflix first acquired Millarworld. Months later, the streaming giant announced that The Magic Order would be the first new comic published under its banner. Ever since several issues of the comic had been published. In May 2019, Netflix announced its decision to turn The Magic Order comic series into a TV series, with Millar intending the filming to begin in 2021.
Unfortunately, they had to keep the filming process on hold before it even began owing to the global pandemic. In October 2020, Deadline reported:
“The large scope of the project and the global uncertainty amid the pandemic were a factor in the decision not to go forward with the series, though not the primary one.”
Fortunately, in May 2021, the show was reported “back in active development. In a blog post, Millar said:
“I’m also happy to share that The Magic Order is in active development after we had to postpone due to all the uncertainty last year. Some time away has given us a chance to come back with a completely fresh look at the material, and we should be getting into our new writers’ room very shortly. I created it to be a live-action series, but as comic fans know, I’m also passionate about doing books.”
Quite recently, Millar updated the fans stating that the series will begin shooting next year. Upon his recent meeting with the writing team, he said:
“Had a meeting with our Magic Order writing room for the Netflix live-action series and such a brilliant bunch of talented and experienced geniuses around that table.”
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