Announced as being developed earlier in the year, 20th Century Fox is indeed moving forward with a big screen version of Magic: The Gathering and according to Deadline, set Game of Thrones writer, producer and story editor Bryan Cogman to rewrite the screenplay. Simon Kinberg, who will produce, previously contributed a draft.
The idea is to 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.