Netflix and the Russo Bros. are Developing a “Magic: The Gathering” Anime Series

There is a lot to unpack here.

Those that are worried about Netflix post-Disney+ have not been paying attention. The online streaming service is packed full of surprises whether it is dropping surprise Lonely Island content, or creating unbelievable content seemingly out of thin air. Netflix continues to keep us on the edge of our seats with a new project that is beaming with potential.

This time around, Netflix has landed the Russo brothers hot off the aftermath of creating one of the most successful movies of all time. The directors have made a name for themselves since signing on at Marvel; however, they are no strangers from working on television series. The brothers will now be producing and overseeing the development of an animated series based on the popular storylines and characters of the Magic: The Gathering trading card game.

“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 Joe and Anthony Russo.

Magic was the first trading card game which has spawned its own subculture. Released in 1993, it is collected and played by an estimated thirty-eight million people worldwide today. Offering a rich story that is full of history, characters, and settings, Magic has become a phenomenon. The game’s reach goes beyond the trading card niche and can be found in video games, comic books, and novelizations. Rumours of a Magic: The Gathering film have been in the air since 2009. Though, fans should be equally pleased with today’s announcement of an ongoing series.

The lead writers on the project are Henry Gilroy (Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and Jose Molina (The Tick, Agent Carter) while Yoriaki Mochizuki has been enlisted as supervising director. The story will expand upon the Planeswalkers, magic-powered characters within the game. Octopie and Bardel Entertainment will bring the anime-style series to life with oversight from Hasbro subsidiary Wizards of the Coast.

There is no estimation of when this series will see a release date, though you can be sure that we will be following this one closely at Bubbleblabber.

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