Those late night booster drafts at the Fox development department must have paid off, because The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that they’re adapting venerable collectible card game Magic: The Gathering for the big screen. 20th Century Fox has tasked Fantastic Four and X-Men cinematic universe guru Simon Kinberg with overseeing the movie series’ development alongside Hasbro executives in an effort to launch “a massive franchise on the scale of Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings.” Considering that the franchise already comes with an inherently collectible component, I’d say they’re on the right track.
First introduced in 1993 by Wizards of the Coast, Magic: The Gathering is high fantasy at its finest, combining an ever-expanding bestiary of creatures like wyrms, demons, and celestial beings with complex rules and some seriously deep lore. At the height of its popularity, professional tournaments were broadcast on ESPN2, but even now the CCG manages to attract a huge global audience of players. How they’ll transform the flavor text at the bottom of the game’s nearly 13,000 cards is the question of the hour though. Personally, I just want to see what Jaya Ballard, Task Mage can do up on the silver screen.
Alongside Kinberg, Fox’s Kira Goldberg and Ryan Jones and Hasbro’s Daniel Persitz will oversee the production, and Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis and Wizards of the Coast president Greg Leeds will serve in additional production capacities. Kinberg’s Genre Films will also be central to the production, with execs Aditya Sood and Josh Feldman serving as executive producers on the film. Little else is known about the project at this time, so we suggest you take this opportunity to brush up on the finer points of banding and mountainwalk.
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