20th Century Fox has today summoned forth a Magic: The Gathering feature film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class) will provide the screenplay to adapt the popular Collectible Card Game (CCG) for the big screen. The idea is to develop the property and launch a massive franchise on the scale of Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. They’re going to need some mana for that.
Launched in 1993 by Wizards of the Coast (now owned by Hasbro), Magic: The Gathering is set in a realm inhabited by Wizards known as Planeswalkers. Using five different colors of magic, players do battle with one another using customized card decks that contain creatures, spells, artifacts and other fantasy elements. The game was so big in the 90’s that it helped launch an immense CCG craze. The popularity of the game is such that tournaments are now held worldwide.
Stephen Davis, Brian Goldner and Greg Leeds will produce Magic: The Gathering with Josh Feldman and Aditya Sood serving as executive producers.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter