RUSSO BROTHERS & NETFLIX PARTNER ON MAGIC: Trading card game Magic: The Gathering is getting the Hollywood treatment, courtesy of Netflix and superhero maestros Joe & Anthony Russo (Avengers: Endgame). The animated original will be produced in partnership with toymaker Hasbro and game maker Wizards of the Coast. Henry Gilroy (Star Wars Rebels) and Jose Molina (The Tick) will write and serve as showrunners. “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 joint statement. The game reportedly has an estimated 38 million fans who play the game in 11 languages across 70 countries.
DAVID COPPERFIELD WILL MAGICALLY PUT COUNTRY BACK TOGETHER: The legendary magician David Copperfield is teaming up with the Smithsonian and a project that will reunite the long-lost 15th star with the Star-Spangled Banner on Flag Day. The flag was raised by soldiers on September 14, 1814 to celebrate victory over the British in the War of 1812; it inspired Francis Scott Key’s ode to its “broad stripes and bright stars,” which eventually became the national anthem. It hangs in Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. On June 14, the museum and Copperfield will reunite the missing 15thstar, which was snipped off years ago and given as a gift. “It’s about things that are undeniable,” he says. “Freedom is undeniable. The sum of all of our parts, of who we are, what America is made of, is undeniable. The talents, the ideas, the perspectives of people from all over the world, make our nation a more hopeful nation. Hopefully people on both sides are OK with that idea.” The illusion will take place in front of 15 new American citizens; camera crews will not be present… but … video will be distributed to media an hour after the star reappers.
IN THE DAYS OF RAIN BEING ADAPTED FOR TV: Rebecca Stott’s cult novel In The Days of Rain is being brought to TV by The White Princess’ producer Company Pictures. The book follows the true story of the author’s experience being raised in a separatist Christian cult in England. Exclusive Brethren believes the world is ruled by Satan; many books are banned, and women are subservient to men.
DISCOVERY TO LAUNCH VIDEO GAME STUDIO: Discovery Inc., which runs Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, is launching Discovery Game Studios, a video game studio that will create and distribute video games for PC, console and mobile platforms. Titles will be inspired by hit shows on Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, ID, HGTV and TLC. “We are always working to find new and exciting ways to interact with our fans and give them more content from their favorite shows,” Matt Bonaccorso, director, marketing and digital products at Discovery, Inc., says. “Whether it’s exploring the world’s harshest environments or most stunning animal life, or investigating true crimes or perfect dress options, Discovery Game Studios is focused on creating innovative and interactive experiences that not only build upon the success of our series, but also surprise and delight our fans.”