Magic: The Gathering movie coming from Fox -- Report

20th Century Fox wants to turn Magic into a film franchise along the lines of Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings.

20th Century Fox has acquired the screen rights to Magic: The Gathering, according to an article on the Hollywood Reporter. Fox reportedly wants to make a franchise "on the scale of Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings."

On the studio side, Fox is enlisting Simon Kinberg as a producer. Kinberg is a screenwriter and producer who is credited in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past film and the Star Wars Rebels TV series. This early on, there are no story details or potential stars, but with a vast back catalog of lore to draw from, Magic: The Gathering could follow any number of potential storylines.

Of course, just having the rights to the film doesn't mean that a movie will actually get made. Next year's Warcraft movie is a rare case in a field littered with the remnants of cast-aside and forgotten projects. Just look at the oft-rumored Halo film or the Sims film from many years ago.

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Matthew Robert Fowlkes
Matthew Robert Fowlkes

It's about summoning monsters and magic, I really doubt a movie will have cards in it at all. It's like saying 'why would they make a video game based on dungeons and dragons'...

Moni Khalil
Moni Khalil

and watch as a entire caed game community is ruined cause of this sell-out. I used to play Magic stopped cause well it turns people into raging douchebags

Xiertic Xaelius
Xiertic Xaelius

Takahari... And you know, we were just talking today about card games made into movies. :P

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

"Fox reportedly wants to make a franchise "on the scale of Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings.""

You know what Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings have in common?  They were wildly popular books that most people knew about.

Does Magic The Gathering have a story?  Characters?  Give me a fricking break.

Alice Frederick
Alice Frederick

MICROSOFT wouldn't let them they wanted to make that TVs series. Thank them

Alice Frederick
Alice Frederick

The most successful card game ever actually. Almost 20 years running and tournaments running prizes for a few million.

meatz666
meatz666

Uwe Boll should direct it.

He's the best.

Tony Miceli
Tony Miceli

So they can make a movie about a card game but not a movie about Halo.....GG movie industry

Ryan Campbell
Ryan Campbell

Hmmm, they could make a number of really cool movies about Magic The Gathering. I REALLY hope they do something good...

Jeremy Smith
Jeremy Smith

Hmm.... WeAre WashCo you hear about this?

Jacob Swoger
Jacob Swoger

Great. A movie about a card game. What's next? Go Fish: The Musical?

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

"...along the lines of Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings."

well good luck with that xD

user_pt
user_pt

As long as it follows either the original Dominaria or the first Ravnica storyline, I'm fine with it.

Vambran
Vambran

From my understanding of the limited story presented in the card games ...... Magic is about super wizards that warp from planet to planet ( or plane to plane ) fighting other super wizards. Kinda like if Gandalf had a Stargate.

bouchart
bouchart

It would be nice to see a film about the Brother's War, the Antiquities set.

pip3dream
pip3dream

Neeeeerrrdddss!!!


Just kidding.


McGregor
McGregor

Love the game, but I'm not sure it's movie material.If it does get made, I don't see it being a big blockbuster type series/franchise.

obsequies
obsequies

meh. I tried to get into magic when it was new and I didn't like it then. Each their own

sidzero
sidzero

@Thanatos2k "Does Magic The Gathering have a story?  Characters?" - Yes, it does.

th3gr1mhe4per
th3gr1mhe4per

@Thanatos2k Actually yeah, I've played a bit of the game but I'm a fan of the franchise mostly for the novels, and there are that many characters all with their own unique story I'm doubtful if a movie does come to fruition that my personal favorite characters will be featured simply because the sheer amount of story to tell for the bigger characters.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

@PETERAKO Yeah I am sure magic the gathering has the same quality lore and books that masterpieces by tolkien and rowling have. After all each card is like a novel. lol 


Seriously though I hope that Marlon Wayans is not associated with this movie or any movies ever, though Dungeons and Dragons did win all of those Oscars... it didn't?

meatz666
meatz666

@Vambran   Kinda like if Gandalf had a Stargate... With sprinkles of Pokemon... :P

DigitalDame
DigitalDame moderator moderatorstaff

@Vambran That's... actually that's pretty spot on. 

th3gr1mhe4per
th3gr1mhe4per

@Thanatos2k @th3gr1mhe4per Once again a very valid point, but even if no one knows about the books, even if the movie is awful as it more than likely will be, the point is the books exist so there is characters and stories for them to work with, even if no one in the world recognizes these characters or stories.