The Russo Brothers Making A Magic: The Gathering Anime Series For Netflix

I keep telling you guys to start polishing your swords and shields and donning your chainmail because the age of fantasy on TV and streaming is fast approaching. Game of Thrones may be done and finished, but between its prequel series, Lord of the Rings, His Dark Materials, The Wheel of Time, The Witcher, and tons of other projects, there’ll be plenty of reason for mainstream audiences to be spending their time at the local Renaissance Fair for years to come. Now there’s another big fantasy property you can add to the list.

According to THR, Netflix is producing an anime series based on the popular card game Magic: The Gathering. However, unlike the other many fantasy properties, this won’t be a live-action one, but an anime-inspired series. Leading the charge as co-executive producers and lead writers are Star Wars Rebels‘ Henry Gilroy and The Tick‘s Jose Molina.

Perhaps most excitingly, also executive producing will be Joe and Anthony Russo, the duo responsible for the fantastic Avengers: Endgame, which has broken countless box office records (with one more worldwide record potentially still in sight, even if unlikely). Clearly, these two’s involvement will help push this one into the production pipeline very quickly. The duo will be overseeing the creation of a new story and will expand on the stories of “famed Planeswalkers — the franchise’s magic-wielding heroes and villains — as they contend with stakes larger than any one world can hold.”

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Octopie will be overseeing production, with the animation being done by Bardel Entertainment, who did Teen Titans Go.

The overall goal here is for there to be multiple Magic: The Gathering series, not unlike what Marvel accomplished on Netflix.

“More fans are enjoying Magic now than at any time in its 25-year history, thanks to the enduring popularity of the tabletop game and our latest release War of the Spark, as well as the incredible success of our new digital game, Magic: The Gathering Arena,” said Wizards of the Coast president Chris Cocks. “We’re thrilled to collaborate with Joe and Anthony Russo to bring Magic: The Gathering’s rich and diverse cast of characters and worlds to Netflix in a way that will delight our many fans and those new to the franchise.”

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 at 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 demonstrated by their central role in creating some of the biggest box office hits of all time.”

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and contributor at LRM Online. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.

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