Joe and Anthony Russo, the directors of Marvel’s Infinity War and Endgame, have cast a spell on Hollywood box offices. But next, they are going to bring their magic—in the form of mana—back to the small screen. The pair will executive produce a new animated series for Netflix based on the popular tabletop card game Magic: The Gathering.
The streaming site announced (in news we first heart at Polygon) the Russo brother will work with Hasbro and their subsidiary Wizards of the Coast, which publishes Magic: The Gathering, on the first ever TV series based on the game. In a press release, Netflix said, “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.” Planeswalker cards were first introduced to Magic in 2007 in the Lorwyn set, and they are among the most powerful characters in the game.
Netflix did not say how many episodes the first season will run or when it will be released, but the network did announce that Henry Gilroy (Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and Jose Molina (The Tick, Agent Carter) will be the show’s lead writers, as well as co-executive producers. Yoriaki Mochizuki (story artist Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) will serve as supervising director and co-executive producer.
Isaac Krauss—CEO of the animation studio Octopie, which will oversee production of the show—said in a press release, “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.”
This is the first ever series based on Magic: The Gathering, which first came to stores in 1993. With millions of fans around the world (it’s published in 11 languages in over 70 countries), there’s already a huge built in audience, so the Russos might not have to cast that much mana to make it a hit. But after all the success they’ve had at Marvel, we’re sure Netflix is glad they’ll help draft the show’s deck.
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