The Gathering animated series hires Jeff Kline to replace Russo Bros.
Netflix’s animated adaptation of Magic: The Gathering has a new creative team.
The deadline indicates that Joe and Anthony Russo were first involved when the project was announced in 2019, with chief writers Henry Gilroy and Jose Molina. However, the Russos and their creative team have moved on, and executive producer Jeff Kline (Transformers: First), is now in charge. Kline is tasked with creating a new storyline based on the popular tabletop collectible card game.
The Russos didn’t leave Kline hanging and were involved in the transition from one creative team to the next. “I am grateful to the Russos for bringing me into the world of Magic: The Gathering – in particular, over dinner at one of their must-see restaurants in Cleveland, ”Kline said. “Magic is one of those rare intellectual properties with such a source of mythology that ‘choose and choose’ is half the battle. Everyone who works on the series understands how much this universe is loved – and feels both the euphoria and tremendous pressure that comes with translating Magic through mediums.
Kline’s team includes co-executive producer and story editor Steve Melching (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), supervising director Audu Paden, artistic director Izzy Medrano and screenwriters Nicole Dubuc, Russell Sommer & Dan Frey and Taneka Stotts. The animation will be produced by Snowball Studios, taking over the originally announced Bardel Studio.
Toymaker Wizards of the Coast and Entertainment One (an independent studio owned by Hasbro) have released a joint statement on the new creative team.
“Although the Russo Brothers are no longer a part of the animated series, their passion for the game combined with their creative perspective and contribution has helped us shape the project to a place where we believe fans of the game and those who discover the ‘Gathering Universe’ will enjoy the series and find out what millions of fans around the world have experienced over the past 25 years.