The Russos are set to top Avengers: Endgame with an animated Magic: The Gathering series for Netflix
Netflix have announced that the Russo Brothers are set to create an animated series based on Magic: The Gathering. AND, they're bringing along some top animation and live action talent for the ride with a team that has worked across Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Batman: The Animated Series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Firefly, Agent Carter, Ultimate Spider-Man, and The Lego Movies!
The world’s first trading card game, Magic: The Gathering is a collectible card game created by Richard Garfield and released in 1993. Magic: The Gathering is now also available digitally in Magic: The Gathering Arena.
“Magic is a beloved global franchise with a massively engaged fan base that has only continued to grow over the last 25 years,” said John Derderian, head of Anime programming for Netflix. “There’s no one better suited to bring this story to audiences around the world than Joe and Anthony Russo, whose talent for genre storytelling is unmatched, as demonstrated by their central role in creating some of the biggest box office hits of all time.”
The Russos will oversee the creation of an all new storyline and expand on the stories of the Planeswalkers, which are Magic’s unique magic-wielding heroes and villains as they contend with stakes larger than any one world can hold.
Octopie will oversee production of the series, with Todd Makurath, Eric Calderon, and Dave Newberg serving as producers, and Mike Larocca and Isaac Krauss serving as executive producers.
“Working with Joe and Anthony, Wizards of the Coast, and Netflix on such a universally cherished brand is a real highlight for our studio.” said Isaac Krauss, CEO of Octopie. “Our goal is to not only tell a compelling story leveraging Magic: The Gathering’sincredible body of work, but to also push the medium and perception of storytelling through animation. This series will cross the genres of suspenseful thriller, horror, and drama with deeply developed characters the likes of which are not often seen in animation.”
“More fans are enjoying Magic now than at any time in its 25-year history thanks to the enduring popularity of the tabletop game and our latest release War of the Spark, as well as the incredible success of our new digital game, Magic: The Gathering Arena.” said Chris Cocks, President of Wizards of the Coast. “We’re thrilled to collaborate with Joe and Anthony Russo to bring Magic: The Gathering’s rich and diverse cast of characters and worlds to Netflix in a way that will delight our many fans and those new to the franchise.”
The Russos recently gave us the extremely well received Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame so we're expecting impressive things from this new series...
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Dir: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo | Cast: Brie Larson, karen gillan, Robert Downey Jr., Tessa Thompson | Writers: Christopher Markus, Jack Kirby (based on the Marvel Comics by), Jim Starlin (comic book), Stan Lee (based on the Marvel comics by), Stephen McFeely