'Game of Thrones' Writer Hired to Script 'Magic: The Gathering'

June 13, 2014
Source: Deadline

Magic: The Gathering

News came earlier this year that 20th Century Fox was teaming with Hasbro to turn the fantasy card game Magic: The Gathering into a fantasy film franchise akin to Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. Despite a rich tapestry of fantasy characters, settings, creatures and more, this seemed like a strange property to bring to the big screen, and we were left wondering how it could work well. Fox has a good idea of how to get fantasy fans on board as Deadline reports they've hired Bryan Cogman to write the script. You might not know that name, but you've seen his work as he's a producer, story editor and writer on "Game of Thrones."

Simon Kinberg, Fox's Marvel shepherd, is producing the project and acting as the franchise's engineer. Cogman's most recent work on the HBO series includes the episode “The Laws of Gods and Men," which ended with a stirring speech from Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage). Considering the books that inspired the TV series are dense and have a large fanbase, Cogman's hiring is a smart moved by the studio. But again, Magic: The Gathering has such a large history of fantasy elements to pull from, so this could be very difficult to pull off as a film franchise that hits with audiences and fans of the card game. Thoughts?

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I loved MTG as a kid. I don't think it would make for a good film franchise.

DAVIDPD on Jun 14, 2014


It can work wonders if they stick to a few characters at a time, focus on lore and planeswalking at the beginning and, most important of all, make the movies PG-13 or R. I think I would cry tears of joy if I saw a planeswalking scene as described in the books.

princeLaharl on Jun 28, 2014

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