Netflix is joining forces with Joe and Anthony Russo, Wizards of The Coast, and Hasbro’s Allspark Animation to bring the worldwide phenomenon of Magic: The Gathering to the screen for the first time in the iconic franchise’s 25-year history with an animated series Magic: The Gathering.
Created in 1993, the Magic collectable card game franchise has connected with over 38 million fans over the last 25 years and has been published in eleven languages and played in over 70 countries. It features a very large number of unique cards (over 10,000 currently) and thousands more cards are added every year providing endless possibilities of winning. The fantasy imagery, complex rules and evolving game creates enduring appeal.
The Russos (“Avengers: Infinity War”, “Avengers: Endgame”) will oversee the creation as executive producers of an all new storyline and expand on the stories of the Planeswalkers, which are Magic’s unique magic-wielding heroes and villains as they contend with stakes larger than any one world can hold.
Joe and Anthony Russo said “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.”
Magic: The Gathering will feature creative talent from “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”, “Batman: The Animated Series”, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”, “Firefly”, “Agent Carter”, “Ultimate Spider-Man”, and “The Lego Movies”. Henry Gilroy (“Star Wars Rebels”, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”) and Jose Molina (“The Tick”, “Agent Carter”) will serve as lead writers and co-executive producers on the series, and Yoriaki Mochizuki will serve as supervising director and co-executive producer.
Octopie will oversee production of the series, with Todd Makurath, Eric Calderon, and Dave Newberg serving as producers, and Mike Larocca and 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 Isaac Krauss, CEO of Octopie. “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.”
Animation on the series will be done by Bardel Entertainment. Netflix have yet to announce a release date.