Hasbro’s fantasy card game “Magic : The Gathering” is about to get the movie treatment, courtesy “X-Men” scribe Simon Kinberg.
20th Century Fox have acquired the screen rights, and plan to launch a massive franchise on the scale of the “Harry Potter” and “Lord of the Rings” series, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Kinberg, currently working on Fox’s “X-Men” franchise and “Fantastic Four” reboot, will produce and oversee the development of the movie franchise with Hasbro.
Magic involves cards with a host of wizards and creatures, weapons and spells that players use to defeat each other. Cards vary in strength, and some are rarer than others. (The rare ones also became hugely valuable.)
The game swept comic book shops and schools in the 1990s, and tournaments were organized. The popularity of the game is such that tournaments are now held worldwide.
“Magic : The Gathering” is one of several Hasbro properties in line for big screen film adaptations.
- HBO’s 2015 preview - December 22, 2014
- Merry Christmas Taken fans! - December 17, 2014
- Does Warner have an Aquaman director? - December 15, 2014
- Miami Vice back on the job! - December 15, 2014
- Ryan Gosling for Ghostbusters? - December 15, 2014
- More of Sony’s Spidey plans leak - December 15, 2014
- Old Skywalker talks Star Wars - December 15, 2014
- Kong prequel in 2017, Great Wall movie in 2016 - December 13, 2014
- American Pie duo remaking Japanese horror film - December 13, 2014
- Jennifer Lawrence as a Ghostbuster!? - December 12, 2014