The Russos are not writing or directing the project. Instead, they will serve as producers who will reportedly creatively oversee the development of this project. Henry Gilroy and Jose Molina are writing the series (on top of serving as co-executive producers), and Yoriaki Mochizuki will serve as supervising director and co-executive producer.
Netflix notes that some of the people working on this series have collectively worked on previous projects like Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Batman: The Animated Series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Firefly, and Agent Carter.
We’re going to guess that this animated series is going to be more “adult” in tone. That doesn’t mean you should expect South Park levels of vulgarity, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up being fairly close to the recent Castlevania series in terms of its style and approach.
The benefit of working with the Magic: The Gathering universe is the size and versatility of the franchise. Netflix vaguely mentions that it will focus on the Planeswalkers, but there’s realistically no corner of the 25-year-old card game’s massive universe that isn’t theoretically open for interpretation in what is sure to be a wild fantasy animated series.
“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,” Joe and Anthony Russo said in press release.
John Derderian, head of Anime programming for Netflix, echoed their enthusiasm: “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.”
There’s no word on a release window for Netflix’s Magic: The Gathering, but we’ll be sure to update you as more information becomes available.
Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014.