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The Heavens - Sci-Fi Drama from The Magicians' Lev Grossman and The Russo Brothers' AGBO in Development at Amazon

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Amazon has given a pilot script with significant penalty to The Heavens per Deadline's exclusive.

The sci-fi project is based on an original idea by bestselling author Lev Grossman (The Magicians) which was sold by the Russo Brothers' AGBO to Amazon in a competitive situation. The series will be executive produced by Michael London's Groundswell Productions as well as AGBO's Lindsay Dunn, Mike Larocca, and Anthony and Joe Russo.

The Heavens is science fiction in the grand tradition of a classic space opera but told in a dark, grounded and emotionally complex manner. The story centers on Miranda, a troubled but gifted young woman who finds a powerful weapon left behind by a long-vanished empire. That discovery will launch Miranda on an epic adventure with a sprawling cast of characters, from a lethal super-agent to an alcoholic genius prince, as she struggles to unite a galaxy at war against a vast, ancient antagonist.

"When I was eight I saw Star Wars in the theater six times," Grossman said. "Ever since then I've been waiting to tell a story like that, with thundering starships and massive battles and charismatic heroes — but in my own voice, in a way that speaks to the moment we’re in right now. I couldn't have better partners for this — AGBO and the Russo brothers are among the greatest world builders and epic storytellers of all time, and I have a long history with Michael London and Groundswell made The Magicians for Syfy. When we took this to Amazon they immediately grasped the vision for this show and committed to making it happen. Together I think we can bring the incredible power and romance and adventure of space opera to TV in a way that feels fresh and real and new."


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