Magic The Gathering is Being Adapted into a Film. 20th Century Fox has purchased the film adaptation rights from Hasbro to turn Magic: The Gathering into a motion picture. With the game’s diversity and huge fan-base, this acquisition makes financial sense. There is name recognition to the property no matter what way they decide to take a potential story.
On the people behind the scenes of the Magic: The Gathering film adaptation:
The studio has enlisted Simon Kinberg, the Fox-based writer-producer…Kinberg will also act as the franchise’s engineer — or supreme sorcerer, if you will — overseeing the development of the movie series in concert with Hasbro execs.
Execs Kira Goldberg and Ryan Jones were instrumental in the acquisition and will shepherd the films for Fox. Daniel Persitz will oversee for Hasbro.
Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis and Wizards of the Coast president Greg Leeds will act in production capacities. Aditya Sood and Josh Feldman, Kinberg’s key execs at his Genre Films production shingle, will also act as executive producers on the movie.
On the Magic: The Gathering‘s history:
Magic: The Gathering (MTG; also known as Magic) was the first trading card game and was created by Richard Garfield and introduced in 1993 by Wizards of the Coast. Magic continues to thrive, with approximately twelve million players as of 2011. Magic can be played by two or more players each using a deck of printed cards or a deck of virtual cards through the Internet-based Magic: The Gathering Online or third-party programs.
Each game represents a battle between mighty wizards, known as “planeswalkers”, who employ spells, artifacts, and creatures depicted on individual Magic cards to defeat their opponents. Although the original concept of the game drew heavily from the motifs of traditional fantasy role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons, the gameplay of Magic bears little similarity to pencil-and-paper adventure games, while having substantially more cards and more complex rules than many other card games.
An organized tournament system and a community of professional Magic players has developed, as has a secondary market for Magic cards. Magic cards can be valuable due to their rarity and utility in gameplay.
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