Sundance Now and Shudder Bringing A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES To Life
Way back in 2011 (that’s forever in pop culture land), Deborah Harkness released A Discovery of Witches, a romantic fiction novel that utilized the popular concept but also threw something else fun: witches. Not only that, but Harkness has a background in academia and by placing her novels on the campus of Yale and neatly integrated real life situations with magical miscellanea. Fans were hungry for more and Harkness has since wrapped up the series in a trilogy format and now we can finally see the magic come to life.
Streaming services Shudder and Sundance Now have teamed up to produce a series based on the hit series starring horror alum Teresa Palmer (Lights Out, Warm Bodies) and Matthew Goode (Stoker.) We’ve got the details and trailer below!
SUNDANCE NOW AND SHUDDER ANNOUNCE THE PREMIERE
OF THE HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED DRAMA SERIES
“A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES” –
THURSDAY, JANUARY 17, 2019
The Entire Season Starring Emmy®-Nominated Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer
Will be Available for Streaming on Both Platforms Simultaneously
NEW YORK, NY – October 5, 2018 –Sundance Now, AMC Networks’ direct-to-consumer SVOD service curated with high-quality dramas and crime thrillers, and SHUDDER, the leading premium streaming service for thriller, suspense and horror, announced today that the entire season of the captivating drama “A Discovery of Witches” will premiere simultaneously on both platforms Thursday, January 17th, 2019 in the U.S. and Canada.
The series, called “darkly entertaining” by The Guardian, stars Emmy®-nominated actor Matthew Goode (“The Crown,” “Downton Abbey”), Teresa Palmer (Hacksaw Ridge), Alex Kingston (“ER,” “Doctor Who”), Valarie Pettiford (“Being Mary Jane”) and Owen Teale (“Game of Thrones”).
Based on the bestselling and critically-acclaimed novel of the same name by Deborah Harkness, “A Discovery of Witches” is an enchanting modern-day love story set against the backdrop of Oxford academic life. Historian Diana Bishop (Palmer), a reluctant witch denying her heritage, accidentally discovers a long-lost bewitched manuscript in Oxford’s Bodleian Library, and is immediately thrown into the heart of a dangerous underworld. On her journey, she finds herself tossed into the path of enigmatic vampire and geneticist, Matthew Clairmont (Goode), who hides a dark family secret.
The series, filmed in the UK at Wolf Studios Wales and on location in Oxford and Venice, was adapted for screen by writer Kate Brooke (“Mr. Selfridge”), who also serves as executive producer. Co-founders of Bad Wolf, Jane Tranter (“Doctor Who,” “The Night Of”) and Julie Gardner (“Doctor Who,” “The Night Of”) and Lachlan MacKinnon are executive producers along with author Deborah Harkness. Juan Carlos Medina (Painless) directs.