The tabletop trading-card game Magic: The Gathering has seen a quarter of a century of retail success, and now the brand is finally set for a Hollywood screen adaptation.
Netflix has announced that they are working with Avengers: Endgame co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo on an original animated series called (unsurprisingly) Magic: The Gathering.
The Russos will be partnering with Hasbro, the Rhode Island-based toymaker, and Wizards of the Coast, the publisher of both the Magic card game and the classic 1970s boardgame Dungeons & Dragons. Wizards of the West Coast has been owned by Hasbro since 1999.
The show’s writers as showrunners will be Henry Gilroy (Star Wars Rebels) and Jose Molina (The Tick), while animation will be handled by Bardel Studio and Octopie Network.
Netflix has said that the Russos will “oversee the creation of an all new storyline and expand on the stories” of the Planeswalkers, magic-wielding heroes and villains who makeup the world of Magic. Beyond this, there’s little detail out there, but CEO of Octopie, Isaac Krauss spoke a little about the ambitious nature of the animators.
“Our goal is to not only tell a compelling story leveraging Magic: The Gathering’s incredible body of work, but to also push the medium and perception of storytelling through animation,” Krauss explained, “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.”
John Derderian, head of Anime for Netflix, said of the project, “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 is demonstrated by their central role in creating some of the biggest box office hits of all time.”
Coming off a hot box office streak, the Russo Brothers seem excited to get to work on the Magic series, “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.”
More on Netflix’s Magic: The Gathering when we have it.