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MtG Anime Series in development by Russo Brothers

Post by Havard » Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:24 pm

‘Magic: The Gathering’ Anime Series in the Works at Netflix with the Russo Brothers

magic-the-gathering-anime-series-netflixSo I guess I should have added Magic: The Gathering to my list of fantasy series that should be adapted for the next Game of Thrones but, honestly, I never considered something that ambitious would actually get off the ground. Surprise! Apparently Netflix has plenty of juice in their mana pool because they’re teaming up with Hasbro and publisher Wizards of the Coast to bring an anime adaptation of the popular card game to the streaming platform.

As THR reports, Joe and Anthony Russo of MCU fame are executive producing the series while Henry Gilroy (Star Wars: Rebels) and Jose Molina (The Tick, Agent Carter) act as lead writers and co-executive producers. The aim is to build a new fantasy franchise around the long-running game, though an official episode order and length have yet to be announced; Wizards of the Coast apparently has final say on those numbers, as dictated by the storytelling, but if past animated series are any indication (see Castlevania, Voltron, etc.), the buck really stops with Netflix.

Here’s how Netflix made the Magic: The Gathering announcement:
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.
The teaser image of Gatewatch Planeswalker Chandra Nalaar is an interesting one, but whether it’s just the first of more main cast to come or our first shot at the main character remains to be seen. What we do know is that the anime will be a creation of an all new storyline that expands on the history, lore, and adventures of the magic-wielding Planeswalkers. This one’s already got my attention, and likely that of millions of fans around the world, so expect to see more on its development in the months ahead.

Overseeing production of Magic: The Gathering is Octopie, with Bardel Entertainment (Teen Titans Go). handling the series’ animation. The Russos’ AGBO president Todd Makurath, Eric Calderon, and Dave Newberg produce; AGBO president of production Mike Larocca and Isaac Krauss will also act as executive producers. Yoriaki Mochizuki will serve as supervising director and co-executive producer. ... -brothers/

I wonder if this will lead to other WotC/Netfix collaboration in the future as well? How about a D&D show?


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Post by RobJN » Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:57 pm

Wake me up when they do a D&D based anime. I mean, they've already got character concepts, a game world, villains.....
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Post by Angel Tarragon » Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:57 pm

This pretty darn cool, indeed!

This makes me wonder if we might get a new D&D show....if we do I'd love to see a live-action take on the Forgotten Realms. I'd also love to see an animated or live-action origin story of Strahd Von Zarovich....I've read the novel of his origins, but I'd love to see it adapted.
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Re: MtG Anime Series in development by Russo Brothers

Post by Big Mac » Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:28 pm

The Netflix Media Centre has more information:
Netflix Media Centre wrote:03 June 2019
  • Announcement Asset (please download).
  • 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.
  • The Russos will oversee the creation 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.
  • Created in 1993, the Magic 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.
  • Joe and Anthony Russo (Avengers: Infinity Wars, Avengers: Endgame) will executive produce the series.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Animation on the series will be done by Bardel Entertainment.
  • “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.
  • “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.”
  • “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, as well as the incredible success of our new digital game, Magic: The Gathering Arena.” said Chris Cocks, President of Wizards of the Coast. “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.”
  • “Magic is a beloved global franchise with a massively engaged fan base that has only continued to grow over the last 25 years,” said John Derderian, head of Anime programming for Netflix. “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.”
  • Magic: The Gathering joins an ever-growing slate of Netflix animated content from around the world, which includes global anime hits such as Devilman Crybaby, Aggretsuko, and Ultraman as well as acclaimed adult animated series BoJack Horseman, Big Mouth, and Disenchantment. Also upcoming are animated features Klaus from director Sergio Pablos and SPA Studios, The Willoughbys from director Kris Pearn and BRON Studios, and Over The Moon from director Glen Keane and Pearl Studios, as well as the recently acquired I Lost My Body from director Jérémy Clapin and Xilam Animation.
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Re: MtG Anime Series in development by Russo Brothers

Post by willpell » Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:19 am

MTG certainly has plenty of story potential, but I have a sick suspicion this is going to be less "Urza vs. Mishra" and more "Dack Fayden vs. Nicol Bolas".

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