AMC Network’s SVOD service Sundance Now and streaming service Shudder have jointly acquired the Sky production “A Discovery of Witches,” both companies announced at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday.
The eight-episode drama is based on Deborah Harkness’ novel of the same name and produced by Bad Wolf, the team behind “The Night Of,” “Doctor Who,” “Torchwood,” “Da Vinci’s Demons” and the upcoming adaptation of Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials.”
Matthew Goode, Teresa Palmer, Alex Kingston, Valarie Pettiford and Owen Teale star in the Oxford love story in which witches, vampires and daemons live and work hidden among humans. Palmer plays Diana Bishop, a witch historian denying her heritage. Goode plays Matthew Clairmont, a vampire and geneticist hiding a dark family secret.
“This captivating story is filled with intrigue, romance and magic and set in spectacular locations that underscore those very qualities,” said Sundance Now general manager Jan Diedrichsen. “We are thrilled to see Deborah Harkness’ books brought to life in such an inspired way with such a charismatic cast and talented crew. The result is binge-worthy television at its best and we know that ‘A Discovery of Witches’ will appeal to both the premium drama fans at Sundance Now and the genre fans at Shudder.”
“‘A Discovery of Witches’ is a big, bold series with witches, vampires and daemons caught up in an all-too human drama that’s enthralling from the opening minute. It’s unlike anything else on TV and we’re excited to bring it to Shudder members as part of this unique partnership,” said Shudder general manager Craig Engler.
“We’re delighted that ‘A Discovery of Witches,’ a Sky Original production, will make its debut in the U.S. and Canada on Sundance Now and Shudder,” said Gillian Rose, senior vice president of US sales and acquisitions at Sky Vision.
“It’s a moving,modern day love story, set in a world where a handful of witches, vampires and daemons secretly live and work alongside humans, and I’m sure it will be a huge success for them,” she added.
Kate Brooke adapted “A Discovery of Witches.” Bad Wolf co-founder Jane Tranter executive produces and Juan Carlos Medina directs.
The drama airs in the UK on September 14 and in the US at a yet to be announced date.