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Netflix Announce 'Magic The Gathering' , 'Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous' Animated Series

Joe and Anthony Russo may have just had the biggest hit of their  (or basically anybody ever's) careers with Avengers: Endgame. But it doesn't appear that they're planning much downtime following their exit from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. No resting on their laurels for the Russo brothers, as one of their first post-MCU projects has been announced- and it's animated.

The Russos are teaming up with Netflix, Wizards Of The Coast and Allspark Animation to produce an animated series based on Magic: The Gathering. The Russos are apparently long time fans of the tabletop game and will executive produce as well as overseeing the creation of the story. It will feature a brand new story featuring the Planeswalkers, who are "Magic’s unique magic-wielding heroes and villains as they contend with stakes larger than any one world can hold." The series will be written by Henry Gilroy (Star Wars Rebels) and Jose Molina (Agent Carter) and animated by Bardel Entertainment with Octopie overseeing production.

"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" says Isaac Krauss, CEO of Octopie. "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."

Well, not in western animation. Whether you care about Magic: The Gathering as a franchise or not, it's definitely good to see full-blooded fantasy animation aimed at an adult audience. No release window has been announced just yet.



In more family-friendly news, Netflix have also announced their next collaboration with DreamWorks Animation will be a spin-off from the Jurassic World franchise. Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous will be based on the hit movie franchise and is executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, and Colin Trevorrow.

The series will follow six teenagers chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the titular adventure camp on the opposite side of Isla Nublar. And wouldn't you know it, the dinosaurs don't co-operate?  Ending up stranded with dinos on the rampage, the teens must learn to work together to try and survive.

Showrunners and executive producers are Scott Kreamer (Pinky Malinky) and Lane Lueras (Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny). The series is due to launch on Netflix everywhere in 2020.

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