“Magic: The Gathering” is coming to Netflix, with the “Avengers: Endgame” directors on board.
Joe and Anthony Russo will executive produce an animated series based on the popular card game, which will center on the Planeswalkers.
The “Avengers” directors will oversee the creation of an all new storyline and expand on the stories of the unique magic-wielding heroes and villains, the Planeswalkers, as they contend with stakes larger than any one world can hold.
The Russo brothers will serve as executive producers, with Henry Gilroy and Jose Molina as lead writers and co-exec producers, and Yoriaki Mochizuki as supervising director and co-executive producer. The animation will be done by Bardel Studio.
Todd Makurath, Eric Calderon, and Dave Newberg will produce, and Mike Larocca and Isaac Krauss will also serve as executive producers.
“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 is demonstrated by their central role in creating some of the biggest box office hits of all time.”
Along with the “Magic: The Gathering” series, the Russo brothers are developing a global spy franchise for Amazon that will intertwine multiple local-language series that serve as offshoots from the main spy series. (Confused about that? Click here to see exactly how that will work).
“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,” said the Russo brothers