Avengers: Endgame directors are making Magic: The Gathering show for Netflix

The Russos are making the first screen adaptation of the trading-card game.

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Netflix is conjuring up a series based on Magic: The Gathering.


After guiding Marvel's Avengers through Endgame, directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo are diving into the world of Magic: The Gathering for Netflix.

Netflix  and Hasbro announced Monday that the Russo brothers are among the executive producers of the first screen adaptation based on the long-popular trading card game. The animated series will revolve around the magic-wielding Planeswalkers.

"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.

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No release date or other details about the show were announced. 

Mike Larocca and Isaac Krauss will serve as executive producers with the Russos. Henry Gilroy (Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and Jose Molina (The Tick, Agent Carter) will serve as the show's lead writers and co-executive producers. Yoriaki Mochizuki also joins as a supervising director and co-executive producer. The Octopie network is overseeing production, and Bardel Entertainment will take care of animation.

Todd Makurath, Eric Calderon and Dave Newberg will serve as producers on the show.

Magic is the latest game Netflix is turning into a show. The streaming service has an adaptation of The Witcher in the works starring Henry Cavill. Netflix has also been turning its own programs into interactive, game-like experiences such as Black Mirror: Bandersnatch and an upcoming interactive episode of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

The streaming service is also jumping straight into the video game industry's biggest annual event with a Netflix panel at E3 2019 focused on how its original shows are becoming games.

The new show is the latest television adaptation for the Russos, who are among the executive producers of 2019's first season of Deadly Class. The pair directed Avengers: Endgame, which is close to becoming the highest-grossing movie of all times.

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