Russos Plan “Grimjack,” “Planets,” “Magic” & More

Russos Plan Grimjack Planets Magic More

“Avengers: Endgame” helmers Joe and Anthony Russo held their San Diego Comic-Con panel this morning where they both revealed and confirmed their company AGBO’s involvement in a number of upcoming film projects.

Specifically, AGBO is set to produce film adaptations of the cult favorite graphic novel “Grimjack,” produce and potentially direct a live-action take on the famed anime series “Battle of the Planets,” and produce a potential live-action spin-off of their upcoming “Magic: The Gathering” animated series.

Developed at Amazon, “Grimjack” is being penned by “Defiance” and “Heathers the Musical” creator Kevin Murphy and penned by John Ostrander and Tim Truman. The story follows a mercenary and his crew who are forced to dig into their own pasts when Grimjack’s estranged teenage daughter comes to him looking for help. Their journey will take them through the streets of Cynosure, a mysterious city where all parallel universes intersect.

They’re going to be more involved in “Battle of the Planets,” the famed 1970s Americanized version of the Japanese anime “Science Ninja Team Gatchaman”. “Battle of the Planets” follows five young orphans trained from a young age to form an elite, intergalactic team known as G-Force, swearing to protect Earth and its allies from otherworldly invading forces. The pair are definitely producing the project and may also direct.

Then there’s the Netflix animated series “Magic: The Gathering” they are developing with the brothers teasing that a live-action spin-off might happen, Joe Russo saying: “It’s an animated project with the potential to spin it off into live-action. It’s a game we love – we’re geeks and love Magic: The Gathering and we’re excited to tell stories with it.”

The projects join others on AGBO’s slate including a Michael B. Jordan-led remake of “The Thomas Crown Affair,” the still in the works adaptation of “Electric State” which has “IT” director Andy Muschietti involved, and the Russos next immediate directorial effort “Cherry” – an R-rated drama starring “Spider-Man” actor Tom Holland as a young army veteran who develops an opioid addiction and takes up bank robbing.