Magic: The Gathering heading to the movies

News Simon Brew 14 Jan 2014 - 06:44

Hugely popular in the 1990s, Magic: The Gathering may now be the next big fantasy movie franchise...

With Duncan Jones hard at work on bringing Warcraft to the big screen, film studios it seems are casting a wide net in the hunt for the next big fantasy movie franchise. Unsurprising really, with The Hobbit's second movie closing in on a $1bn worldwide box office take (it's currently up to $800m).

20th Century Fox has dug back into the lives of many of us therefore, and has snapped up the rights to make films based on the Magic: The Gathering card game. Hugely popular in the 1990s, and still played to this day, Fox has recruited Simon Kinberg to produce the transition to the screen. Kinberg is already heavily involved in overseeing the Fantastic Four and X-Men movies for Fox, and is also involved with the Star Wars franchise. Whether Kinberg ends up writing the script for Magic: The Gathering or just guiding it remains to be seen.

More news on this as we get it. If anyone important at Hollywood is reading this, incidentally, go and play a few XCOM games. There'd be some terrific movies in those...

The Hollywood Reporter.

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Good call on X-COM...

Duncan Jones was already thinking of doing an XCOM movie (apparently) before he took on WarCraft.

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