The Russo brothers are joining forces with Netflix to bring Magic: The Gathering to the small screen. The directors of Avengers: Endgame and Infinity War have officially partnered with the streaming service to executive produce a new animated series based on the wildly popular and enduring card game. Game publisher Wizards of the Coast and Hasbro are also on board for the adaptation.
Netflix has revealed that Joe and Anthony Russo will oversee the creation of a brand new story in order to bring Magic: The Gathering to screen. This will be the first time the card game has been brought to screen since its inception in 1993. Octopie is set to oversee the production of the series. The Russo brothers had this to say about the new project in a statement.
"We have been huge fans and players of Magic: The Gathering for as long as it has been around, so being able to help bring these stories to life through animation is a true passion project for us."
Aside from the Russo Brothers, the creative team consists of Henry Gilroy (Star Wars Rebels) and Jose Molina (Agent Carter). They will serve as lead writers of the show, as well as co-executive producers. Yoriaki Mochizuki (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) is on board as supervising director and co-executive producer. John Derderian, head of Anime programming for Netflix, had this to say in a statement.
"Magic is a beloved global franchise with a massively engaged fan base that has only continued to grow over the last 25 years. 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."
While no full plot details were revealed, it's said that the goal will be to expand on the stories of the Planeswalkers, the magic-wielding heroes and villains of the game, as they contend with stakes larger than any one world can hold. Since its creation in 1993, Magic: The Gathering has exploded in popularity. Just in the last decade, more than 20 billion Magic cards have been produced. It's been published in eleven languages and is played in more than 70 countries across the globe. As such, it seems like the perfect property for Netflix to invest in, given their nearly 150 million subscribers worldwide.
As the streaming service wars heat up, premium content is going to be key to not only gain, but hold onto subscribers. This, for a certain audience, could very well qualify as premium content. Todd Makurath, Eric Calderon and Dave Newberg are also on board as producers, with Mike Larocca and Isaac Krauss serving as executive producers. At the present time, there is no word on when the Magic: The Gathering series will arrive. We'll be sure to keep you posted as Netflix reveals any additional details.