It’s time to crown their replacement now that Joe and Anthony Russo have left the planned Magic: The Gathering animated series. Jeff Kline, the project’s new executive producer and head of a new creative team for the CG-animated rendition, has arrived.
The Russos were already attached to the show when it was first announced in June 2019. The duo was set to executive produce the show as well as oversee the creation of a brand-new storyline. Henry Gilroy and Jose Molina, who had been charged with creating a tale surrounding the Planeswalkers, the game’s magic-wielding heroes and antagonists, were also there at the moment. The Russos and their creative team are said to have quit the series due to artistic disputes, according to rumours around the old watercooler. The Russos did, however, give Kline their consent to take creative control of the project before they left.
Steve Melching, who will co-executive produce and serve as narrative editor, will join Kline as new players for Magic: The Gathering. Audu Paden is the project’s supervising director, and Nicole Dubuc, Russell Sommer, Dan Frey, and Taneka Stotts are in charge of scripting. The project’s art director is Izzy Medrano. Snowball Studios will be in charge of the animation.
Magic: The Gathering, created by Richard Garfield, first appeared on the tabletop gaming market in 1993. Players are given powerful trading cards that contain mystical spells, characters, traps, and other items. The game has been adapted into a digital version, an esports league, a comic book series, and a best-selling novel due to its enormous popularity. The animated series will undoubtedly be held to a high level by fans of the property. Let’s hope Kline and his crew are able to take the wildly popular gaming franchise to new heights.