Netflix is set to bring the first-ever adaptation of “Magic: The Gathering” to TV.
The streaming giant has tapped “Avengers: Infinity War” directing duo Joe and Anthony Russo to helm the fantasy anime series in conjunction with Hasbro and the game’s parent company, Wizards of the Coast.
The Russo brothers, who are admitted fans of the trading card game, will oversee the creation of a brand-new storyline that will expand on the game’s existing stories of heroes and villains, known as the magic-wielding Planeswalkers, according to The Wrap. No details on the length or amount of episodes have been revealed at this time.
“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 Russo brothers say via statement.
“Magic is a beloved global franchise with a massively engaged fan base that has only continued to grow over the last 25 years,” John Derderian, head of anime programming at Netflix says. “There’s no one better suited to bring this story to audiences around the world than Joe and Anthony Russo, whose talent for genre storytelling is unmatched, as demonstrated by their central role in creating some of the biggest box office hits of all time.”
In addition to “Magic”, the Russo brothers are also developing an international, multi-language spy series for Netflix.