Sandman, Magic the Gathering, The Witcher: Every Major Fantasy Adaptation Coming to Netflix Ahead of 'Streaming Wars' with Disney and Apple

The 'streaming wars' are soon upon us. For those unfamiliar, the dominance of current streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu will soon be tested when a number of major new companies launch their own streaming services later this year, including Disney and Apple.

In the soon be frenzied battle for subscribers these companies have begun snapping up a number of major intellectual properties. Disney plans to feature a number of their hugely popular Marvel Cinematic Universe characters on Disney+ in their own shows, including Loki, The Falcon and The Winter Solider and Wandavision. Amazon is currently working on their Lord of the Rings TV series. And Apple is looking to adapt Isaac Asimov's sci-fi book series Foundation for Apple TV+.

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'The Sandman', 'Magic: The Gathering' and 'The Witcher' are all being adapted by Netflix. DC Comics, Wizards of the Coast, Netflix

To keep up with the competition, streaming titan Netflix has announced plans to adapt a number of major projects in the following years. Here are some of the shows on the horizon.

The Sandman

Neil Gaiman has become a hot property among TV execs recently. First American Gods was adapted for Starz in 2017, then Good Omens aired on Amazon on May 31.

Now, Gaiman's critically acclaimed comic series The Sandman is due to made into a show by Netflix, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Published by DC Comics, The Sandman focuses on Dream, a God-like anthropomorphic personification of dreams, who after being held prisoner by an occult ritual for 70 years, escapes into the modern day and sets about rebuilding his kingdom.

Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman, The Catch) is due to serve as the showrunner of what is being billed as DC Entertainment's most -expensive TV show ever, with Gaiman and David S. Goyer executive producing.

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Neil Gaiman's hugely popular Sandman comics series started in 1989. DC Comics

Attempts to make a film adaptation of the comic have been attempted since the 1990s, with Pulp Fiction co-writer Roger Avary initially attached to the project. Joseph Gorden Levitt was later attached to another adaptation announced in 2014, but dropped out two years later due to disagreements with the studio over the creative direction of the film.

No details have been announced yet on who will star in the series and when it will air.

Magic: The Gathering

After helming two of the highest-grossing movies of all time in Avengers: Infinity Wars and Avengers: Endgame, directing brothers Anthony and Joe Russo are arguably the most sought out filmmakers in Hollywood.

So it's quite a coup that Netflix has secured them to executive produce an adaptation of trading card game Magic: The Gathering. The animated series will be based off of the story of the cult card game, where powerful wizards called planeswalkers duel across different fantasy worlds.

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'Magic: The Gathering' has becomes a popular card game played around the world since it first launched in 1993. Wizards of the Coast

"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 statement when the show was announced on June 3.

Details have yet to be released on the exact premise of the show and when it will launch on the platform.

The Witcher

An upcoming show that we do have a lot more details about is The Witcher. An adaptation of the popular fantasy series, which has also become a hugely successful video game franchise, the series features former Superman star Henry Cavill as Geralt, a monster hunter with supernatural powers.

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Henry Cavill as Geralt in 'The Witcher'. Netflix

Netflix released the first photos of the rest of the cast on Monday, including Anya Chalotra as the sorceress Yennefer and Freya Allan as the princess Ciri.

Created by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, the series is due to air in the Fall of this year.

The Chronicles of Narnia

Another fantasy book series being adapted by Netflix is The Chronicles of Narnia. The streaming platform has ambitious plans for the beloved books by C.S. Lewis, announcing that their multi-year deal will see both feature films and a TV series produced.

"C.S. Lewis' beloved Chronicles of Narnia stories have resonated with generations of readers around the world," said Netflix's chief content officer Ted Sarandos in an official statement.

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Three of the books from 'The Chronicles of Narnia' fantasy series were adapted into films between 2005 and 2010. Buena Vista Pictures

"Families have fallen in love with characters like Aslan and the entire world of Narnia, and we're thrilled to be their home for years to come," he added.

A trilogy of movies were adapted from the books between 2005 and 2010 in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. The BBC previously aired a TV adaption of the books between 1988 and 1990.

No release date has been announced by the company as of yet.

Road Dahl

The Chronicles of Narnia is not the only children's classic to be adapted by Netflix, with the company also announcing in November 2018 plans to bring Roald Dahl's books to life in a new animated series.

Fan favorites Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, Matilda and The Twits are all set to be adapted as part of what Netflix calls "an imaginative story universe that expands far beyond the pages of the books themselves."

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'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' is one of the beloved Roald Dahl books set to be adapted in the new animated series. Puffin Books

"Immersing ourselves in the extraordinary worlds of Roald Dahl stories has been an honor and a massive amount of fun, and we are grateful for the trust the Roald Dahl Story Company and the Dahl family have placed in our team to deliver more moments of shared joy to families around the world," said Melissa Cobb, Netflix's vice president of kids and family content.

"We have great creative ambition to reimagine the journeys of so many treasured Dahl characters in fresh, contemporary ways with the highest quality animation and production values," she added.

Details have yet to be released on when the series will air on the platform.

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