It looks like the Russo Brothers have found their next passion project outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. On the tail end of Avengers: Endgame, the director duo has signed on to a new series, and it is an anime focused on all things Magic: The Gathering.
Yes, that’s right. Netflix and Wizards of the Coast are doing an anime series based on the card game, and the Russo Brothers are jumping on board the project.
“HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT TIME: Netflix and Wizards of the Coast are teaming up with Joe and Anthony Russo to make a Magic: The Gathering anime series and this teaser of Chandra has me asking QUESTIONS,” Netflix tweeted earlier today.
HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT TIME: Netflix and Wizards of the Coast are teaming up with Joe and Anthony Russo to make a Magic: The Gathering anime series and this teaser of Chandra has me asking QUESTIONS. pic.twitter.com/vljlEtl0Mq— NX (@NXOnNetflix) June 3, 2019
According to new details about the series, Anthony and Joe Russo will executive produce the series. In a newly released statement, the pair shared how excited they are to work on the series and confirmed they are lifelong fans of Magic: The Gathering as well.
“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,” the duo said.
So far, there are few details out about the project, but it will focus on the expansive world of Magic: The Gathering and its Planeswalker, which are described as “Magic’s unique magic-wielding heroes and villains as they contend with stakes larger than any one world can hold.”
As for who will oversee work on the animated series, Octopie has been tasked with the job. Todd Makurath, Eric Calderon, and Dave Newberg will produce the series alongside other executive producers Mike Larocca and Isaac Krauss. Henry Gilroy (Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and Jose Molina (The Tick, Agent Carter) have been asked with writing the script.
“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’s incredible 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.”
At this time, no release date has been slated for Netflix's Magic the Gathering series, but fans will want to keep a close eye out for announcements as the years goes on.
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