The lights are on
Film studio 20th Century Fox has bought the movie rights to
Wizards of the Coast's popular fantasy card game, with the intent of making it
into a major movie franchise.
The Hollywood Reporter is...reporting that 20th Century Fox
has bought the rights to make a series of movies based on Magic: The Gathering,
which the studio hopes will be "a massive franchise on the scale of Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings."
Wizards of the Coast president Greg Leeds and
Hasbro's Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis will be executive producers on the
project (Wizards of the Coast is a subsidiary of Hasbro). Film writer and producer Simon Kinberg is in
charge of overseeing the series; Kinberg has worked as a writer and producer
for Fox's X-Men films, and was a writer on Mr.
& Mrs. Smith, Sherlock Holmes,
and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
There's no word on what kind of story a Magic: The Gathering
movie might entail, or who might star in it, but if Ian McKellen doesn't show
up as some kind of wizard I'm going to be sorely disappointed.
[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]
Magic: The Gathering has been
translated into a wide range of video
games, books, and graphic novels, so I guess a movie franchise isn't all
that surprising, especially considering how popular fantasy movies have become.
However, if I was in charge of Fox, I'd shake things up by making a 200 million
dollar movie about people playing the Magic: The Gathering card game (one of
whom would obviously be Ian McKellen). On a related note, it's probably a good
thing that I'm not in charge of Fox...
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