Really, why did it take us so long to get here? Sources are saying that Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast have signed a deal with Twentieth Century Fox to bring the card game Magic The Gathering to a theater near you. And yes, the peeps at Fox have it in their mind for Magic to be a movie franchise on par with Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the deal has been closed to bring Magic to the big screen, and Fox has selected Simon Kinberg to bring it all together with a script and as one of the project’s producers. As you may recall, Kinberg is the man helping to guide the combined superhero franchise powers of X-Men and Fantastic Four, and he will be charged with the ground up franchise building of this Magic trilogy (or whatever it’s going to be). Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner and Wizards of the Coast president Greg Leeds will be co-producers with Kinberg, Aditya Sood and Josh Feldman.
Now the big question: what will this movie look like? Having never played Magic, I can’t say exactly. I know it involves wizards and spells and potions, which is all good stuff to build a movie around, but are we going to take it super seriously like Dungeons and Dragons and Battleship, or is it going to be quirky and somewhat meta like Clue? What I do know is that movies based on games can’t even be quantified as hit or miss, they’re just misses. But with Universal Studios currently cooking Warcraft, based on World of Warcraft, we are on the cusp of a movies-based-on-games showdown, and while it seems likely that Warcraft will beat Magic to the big screen, might Magic end up having the last laugh? I guess we’ll see.
More news as it develops.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter