Fox Taking 'Magic: The Gathering' Card Game to the Big Screen Now
With Battleship being the only board game movie to come to fruition recently (though CandyLand and Monopoly are also in development), Hollywood has decided to move on to card games. THR has word that Fox is teaming with Hasbro to turn the fantasy card game Magic: The Gathering into a big fantasy movie franchise along the lines of Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter. Again, we're not sure why they don't make an original movie instead of lazily relying on brand recognition, but I digress. X-Men: Days of Future Past writer and Fox's new Marvel shepherd Simon Kinberg will produce and "act as the franchise's engineer."
With over 20 years in the gaming world after debuting in 1993 from Wizards of the Coast, Magic: The Gathering does have a rich history of fantasy creations to pull from, so at least it's not hard to see how a movie could be crafted form the various creatures, characters and settings from the card games. There's wizards, dragons, and tons more fantasy tropes and the game has had troves of loyal followers for a long time now ever since launching the trading card game boom. Fox is certainly investing a lot in Kinberg to give him this gig along with his Marvel responsibilities overseeing X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises. At least this is better than a Hungry, Hungry Hippos movie, which is supposed to be a real thing. Thoughts?