20th Century Fox To Bring ‘Magic: The Gathering’ To The Big Screen

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The acquisition of large scale fantasy franchises for movie adaptations has hit critical mass.

THR reported last night that 20th Century Fox has acquired the rights to turn the best-selling card game Magic: The Gathering into a major motion picture with the hopes of launching a full scale movie franchise akin to Lord Of The Rings.

Simon Kinberg, the Fox-based writer-producer who is currently helping carry out the management of the X-Men and Fantastic Four universes at the studio, will produce the franchise. He is also reported to be the in charge of overseeing the entire franchise, making him the puppet master for a potentially multi-billion dollar box office goliath.

Recent promotional art for 'Magic: The Gathering'

Recent promotional art for ‘Magic: The Gathering’

It’s admittedly a bit odd to see a studio jump on a brand that has no central hero or story as their next franchise, but I guess we should not be surprised considering the fact a World Of Warcraft film is already on the way in 2015. Comment below and let us know if you believe Hollywood can bring this universe to life in a way players will appreciate.

Magic originally launched in 1993, and over the last two decades has survived the multiple ups and downs of the playing card industry. The game involves cards with a variety of wizards and creatures, weapons and spells that players use to defeat each other. Cards vary in strength, and some are rarer than others.

In recent years Magic has seen been clawing its way further into the mainstream, thanks in part to yearly sponsorships of the Vans Warped Tour. We will bring you more on this project when additional information becomes available.

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