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?
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Brian Sleider on Jan 13, 2014
This could be amazing if they do it right. You have the Titans (http://media.wizards.com/images/magic/daily/li/li259_banner_titans.jpg) and named cards like Jace(http://bimg1.mlstatic.com/foil-jace-beleren-jace-beleren-ing-nm-m10-mtg_MLB-F-208707615_3155.jpg)
adam lamonica on Jan 13, 2014
They have 0 (none, nil) excuse to release shitty posters for this. If there is a single shitty poster I will burn down all their buildings.
OfficialJab on Jan 13, 2014
Poster creation should be this, Buy Booster pack, Draw card, enlarge picture, paste movie title some where unobtrusive, print
Brian Sleider on Jan 13, 2014
So this is going to Fox's film to compete with Warcraft in 2016 right? Cause that's all I see it as is. If your really hyped about this movie I got two words for yah, "Dragonball Evolution". If Fox could easily screw up a concept like Dragonball then there isn't any hope Magic would be any better. I could just see them making it as a poor mans LOTR film.
Damon King on Jan 13, 2014
Depends who gets it I guess. They've named the producers but that doesn't mean much to me. Dragonball was a disaster.
OfficialJab on Jan 14, 2014
Of all the card games that could have been turned into a movie, why not Pokemon? I think that'd be a huge success, especially following something like Avatar. I'm truly surprised that there hasn't been an announcement for a live-action Pokemon movie, I think it'd have a good shot at being great.
thejon93rd on Jan 14, 2014
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