Not content with the blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War not too long ago, the two brothers Joe and Anthony Russo are already set in a new project. They are now working on an animated Netflix-based TV series, featuring the popular card game Magic: The Gathering.

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Russo Brothers will seek a new challenge after the major blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War

The Russos will “oversee the creation of an all-new storyline”, a story that follows the path of Planeswalkers, who are the game’s main characters as well as villains where they face the threat bigger than any world could handle.

To shed more lights on the decision of taking up the executive role of the film making, The Russo revealed that they had been huge fans and players of Magic: The Gathering since the time it came out 25 years ago. Being a part of bringing out the stories with animation is a true passion project for them.

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The game has been around for more than 25 years

Along with the Avengers: Infinity War directors, Octopie Network and Canadian studio Bardel Studio will handle the animation. Isaac Krauss, CEO of Octopie, said their "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.”

Magic: The Gathering is rising on popularity on its online client, MTG: Area and debuted its 2019 Esports circuit recently with six-figure tournaments. This move from the two movie directors seems to be an attempt to get the series recognized and going mainstream.

Currently, there is no further information on the launch date for the series as well as the storyline. Judging from the other Netflix series, we might see the pattern and make an educated guess.

Netflix’s Castlevania series was announced in February 2017, and the short Season 1 debuted that July. Netflix’s The Dragon Prince was announced in July 2018, and Season 1 was released in September 2018.

It sounds like the turnaround for a Netflix animated series is between two and five months, a good indication that we might see Magic: The Gathering episodes by the end of 2019 or early of 2020.

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