Adapted by Tom Edge, (Judy, The Crown) The Magus tells the story of a callow young Englishman, Nicholas Urfe, who in 1952 leaves his straightforward and loving girlfriend in order to chase adventure, taking up a teaching position on the Greek island of Phraxos.

Operating as a disorienting psychological thriller, in which twist after twist sends Nick spiralling further towards destruction as sex, violence, magic and cheap tricks both confound him and propel him onwards.

Johan Renck, the Emmy award- winning director of Chernobyl is attached to direct.

The production, currently in development, is a co-production between Neal Street Productions and Fight and Flight, executive produced by Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Nicolas Brown, and Robert Laycock


"The Magus is a stunner, magnificent in ambition, supple and gorgeous in execution. It fits no neat category; it is at once a pyrotechnical extravaganza, a wild, hilarious charade, a dynamo of suspense and horror, a profoundly serious probing into the nature of moral consciousness, a dizzying, electrifying chase through the labyrinth of the soul, an allegorical romance, a sophisticated account of modern love, a ghost story that will send shivers racing down the spine. Lush, compulsive, richly inventive, eerie, provocative, impossibly theatrical.”

(Excerpted from The New York Times review, 1966)

Key Creatives & Cast

Directed by Johan Renck
Adapted by Tom Edge based on the novel The Magus by John Fowles
Executive Produced by Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Nicolas Brown and Robert Laycock