After directing the biggest superhero film in history, the Russo Brothers are switching gears to the world of animation.
Netflix announced today that they have partnered with Joe and Anthony Russo to develop a Magic: The Gathering anime series for the streaming platform. Wizards of The Coast and Hasbro are on board to assist in development as well.
“The Russos will oversee the creation of an all new storyline and expand on the stories of the Planeswalkers, and will see the heroes and villains of the universe “contend with stakes larger than any one world can hold.”
The Russos are set to executive produce the series, with writers Henry Gilroy (Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and Jose Molina (The Tick, Jordan Peele’s Weird City) signed on as showrunners. Yoriaki Mochizuki (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) will serve as supervising director and co-executive producer.
“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 in a joint statement.
Bardel Entertainment (Rick and Morty, Teen Titans Go!, The Dragon Prince) will take lead on the show’s animation. Octopie Network (Neo Fighter Dream Crisis) will oversee production on the series, with Todd Makurath (How to Be a Serial Killer), Eric Calderon (Afro Samurai), and Dave Newberg (Brad Neely’s Harg Nallin’ Sclopio Peepio) on board as producers, and Mike Larocca (Deadly Class) and Octopie CEO Isaac Krauss serving as executive producers.
“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 Krauss in a statement. “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.”
The series is the latest in Netflix’s growing anime corner, which also includes Devilman Crybaby, Aggretsuko, and Ultraman , as well as Castlevania Pacific Rim and Altered Carbon.
“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,” said Chris Cocks, president of Wizards of the Coast, in a press release. “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.”