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The Russo Brothers Are Developing A ‘Magic: The Gathering’ Anime Series With Netflix


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The Russo Brothers Are Developing A ‘Magic: The Gathering’ Anime Series With Netflix

Now that Avengers: Endgame is done and dusted, the question remains over what's in store next for directing duo Anthony and Joe Russo.

But it looks like they've gone right ahead and answered that question with the announcement of their next passion project - a Netflix anime series called Magic: The Gathering. Those two don't mess around.

The series will be an adaptation of the fantasy card game of the same name. As we all know, game-to-screen adaptations can be a bit hit or miss, but if there's anyone who can do it well, it's the Russo brothers.

According to Variety, they'll be serving as executive producers on this new project alongside Mike Larocca and Isaac Krauss, with Octopie overseeing the production.

The streaming giant has teamed up with the filmmakers, as well as Wizards of The Coast and Hasbro's Allspark Animation to develop the show, which will focus on the stories of the Planeswalkers - the game's magic-wielding heroes and villains.

In a tweet posted earlier today, Netflix made the announcement with a post that reads: "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."

Us too, Netflix, us too. It's yet to be seen where the developers will take it, but we do know that the Russo brothers are just as excited as fans of the game will be about the forthcoming show.

"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 Russos said.

Credit: Wizards of the Coast
Credit: Wizards of the Coast

As was pointed out by John Derderian, head of anime programming for Netflix, Magic is a beloved global franchise that has garnered a huge following since it was launched back in 1993.

"There's no one better suited to bring this story to audiences around the world than Joe and Anthony Russo," he said, "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."

That's about all there is in terms of detail at the moment, but you can be sure we'll be getting more details on the plot and release date in the months to come. Keep those eyes peeled, duel masters.

Topics: Avengers: Endgame, Netflix

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