In January of this year, 20th Century Fox announced that it had acquired the rights to the wildly popular trading card game, Magic: The Gathering, and now Fox has their writer. Game of Thrones scribe, Bryan Cogman, who wrote ‘Oathkeeper’ and ‘The Laws of Gods and Men’ this season, has inked a deal that will have the writer staying in the fantasy genre.
Magic: The Gathering was created as a trading card game in 1993 by Wizards of the Coast. Over 12 million people are currently playing Magic: The Gathering, a number that far surpasses (roughly 6-7 million), Blizzard’s MMO,World of Warcraft. While the two games are inherently different, as one is a video game and the other a card game, the overwhelming success of Magic: The Gathering, caused Blizzard to create their own “Virtual” trading card game hybrid, Hearthstone.
Simon Kinberg, who produced ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’, and who is also working on the ‘Fantastic Four’ reboot, will be producing the movie. Hasbro, who bought “Magic” in 1999, will have a hand in overseeing the project. There are no details about the plot of Magic: The Gathering, nor has a release date been set.
As a self-professed geek, I always get nervous when a huge geek game gets turned into a movie. Hollywood has a knack for bastardizing these well loved and nerdly popular games. Just look at Dungeons and Dragons…oh god I almost threw up in my mouth.
I will say this for 20th Century Fox, the fact that they are bringing on Bryan Cogman to write the script, gives me a glimmer of hope that Magic: The Gathering won’t turn into a platform for the next Wayans brother to launch his crappy comedy career…I’m looking at you New Line Cinema.