Fox Developing a ‘Magic: the Gathering’ Movie

Magic the Gathering

Simon Kinberg is producing and developing the pic

20th Century Fox have the set up the fantasy movie “Magic: The Gathering,” having acquired the rights to the popular card series from Hasbro.

“X-Men” scribe Simon Kinberg will produce and help develop the project.

Introduced in 1993 by Wizards of the Coast, “Magic: The Gathering” involves cards that feature a variety of characters, spells and weapons that can be used to defeat opposing players. Throughout the ’90s and beyond, the game spawned tournaments and drew devoted fans among tweens, teens and young adults.

Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis and Wizards of the Coast CEO Greg Leeds will oversee and exec produce. Aditya Sood and Josh Feldman will also exec produce.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

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  1. Scott says:

    I like that comment about CGI. Figuring out how to portray planeswalking on film will prove difficult I think…

    Still I am really excited about this franchise. It has huge potential coming from a die hard long time MTG fan. I have played since the early 90s and have usually enjoyed the story lines. There are several the franchise can tap into should they need to.

    Hasbro really knows how to take their stories and make money.

    I just hope it doesn’t end up like The Transformers and GI Joe series. Those really ruined those stories and gave those unfamiliar with the originals the wrong impression.

  2. Eric Smith says:

    As most will say, as long as Uwe Boll has NOTHING to do with this project then it might have a chance! Actors can only do so much with a script. So the writer and script is key! And keeping the suits away from the visions of the writer, director will be a great advantage. If done right-it could open the doors for deals with toy companies and the gaming industry. As long as they dont falk into the trap of hiring teenaged models who think they can act-dont dumb it down but dont assume the audience knows everything about the game. Story wise-dont fall into the LotR pitfall either. And no cliches-“the humble farmer whos the chosen one and suddenly has amazing combat skills (dungeon siege movie) if they make it dark and gritty like the latest Dark Knight franchise but set in the Magic the Gathering universe…then they have a chance. The next issue is CGI since theres magic involved obviously. I would be satisfied with less CGI if they were done in clever ways and not abused. Of course we want to see crazybattle scenes but with the thought inducing politics from something like Game od thrones on steroids lol if these suggestions make sense lol. Id love to be a writer/producer on this project if I had the money and credentials! My fear is this movie turning into the next mortal kombat/street fighter movie with magic. Audiences want their fantasies grounded in a more realistic realm-as odd as that may seem to executives who have no passion for storytelling. Good luck to those involved! It COULD work. :) just say no to Uwe Boll.

  3. Dave says:

    This should be the movie.

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