Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo are bringing an anime adaptation of Magic: The Gathering to Netflix.
The Russos will executive produce an all-new storyline that expands on the Planeswalkers, a group of magical heroes and villains who deal with conflicts that span multiple realities.
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
Octopie will oversee production, with animation done by Bardel Entertainment. Co-executive producers Henry Gilroy (Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and Jose Molina (The Tick, Agent Carter) will serve as lead writers for the series, which also boasts creative talent from projects like Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Batman: The Animated Series, Ultimate Spider-Man and The LEGO Movies. Yoriaki Mochizuki will act 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 statement.
"Working with Joe and Anthony, Wizards of the Coast, and Netflix on such a universally cherished brand is a real highlight for our studio," Octopie CEO Isaac Krauss added. "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.”
“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,” Wizards of the Coast President Chris Cocks shared.
Magic: The Gathering is a popular collectible-card game published by Wizards of the Coast. First released 25 years ago, the game has been played by over 38 million fans in over 70 countries. The card game has spun off into several novels, comics and games that expand the lore of the games, depicting an epic war that spans entire multiverses. This is the property's first animated adaptation.
Judging by her prominent appearance in the first promotional image, Chandra Nalaar may be a central figure in the series. In Magic, Chandra Nalaar is a human Planeswalker and member of the Gatewatch, an elite group of Planeswalkers designated to protect the multiverse from threats beyond mortal comprehension. Chandra's core power is fire-based.
Netflix has been working to expand its catalog of animated content over the last few years. This has resulted in projects such as Devilman Crybaby, Aggretsuko, and Ultraman. Magic: The Gathering does not yet have a release date.