Magic: The Gathering - The Movie in The Works at Fox

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Magic: The Gathering - The Movie in The Works at Fox

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I'm predicting Fox's Magic: The Gathering movie will essentially be a live-action version of Yu-gi-oh!

We've seen movies based on video games, board games, and even children's toys. So what's the next logical step? According to Fox, it's a movie based on the Magic: The Gathering card game.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that Fox has just closed a deal to acquire the screen rights to the collectible card game from Hasbro. Reportedly, it will develop the franchise to the same level of mass-merchandise-mania that Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings saw before it.

Simon Kinberg, Producer on X-Men First Class, will be in charge of Magic: The Gathering's film adaptation. He will also be in charge of any subsequent movie installations, and will liaise with both Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast.

Magic: The Gathering was created in 1993 by Wizards of the Coast. It's popularity soared, and it was eventually acquired by Hasbro in 1999.

Magic arguably started the whole card-game craze, which lead to card-game adaptations of popular franchises (such as the Pokemon Trading Card Game), as well as entire franchises built around a card game (such as Yu-gi-oh!).

I'm not sure what to make of this. What would a Magic movie even be about? Would it eschew the actual cards and simply be about the "world" of of the game, or would it be about a young rookie Magic player fighting his way to the top?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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WHY?!

Jesus!? Out of all the IPs to make a movie out of, THIS is what the Execs thought was a good idea?!
Christ, I almost wish they were making another Fantastic Four...

Uncertain how to feel about this. On the one hand, Magic does have some really cool ideas (Ravnica could be a cool setting for a TV show IMO) and such going on but on the other hand adaptations of similar things don't have a great track record. I don't know, I'll decide when more details come.

It'd better be about Urza and Yawgmoth, that's the last time the lore was actually interesting.

If they try to cram the newbie planeswalkers in, I'm not gonna bother.

Oh good, who wants to bet it'll be one, huge Chandra wank fest?

Let's hope they avoid including any references to the actual MTG mechanics and just make it a story set in the MTG universe.

Diablo1099:
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WHY?!

Jesus!? Out of all the IPs to make a movie out of, THIS is what the Execs thought was a good idea?!
Christ, I almost wish they were making another Fantastic Four...

It is Fox, these guys are the EA of the TV industry... Just wait for the casting call, and have the youtube vid of Darth Vader ready

It makes sense now that they have character, specifically the planeswalkers. Though I expect the movie will focus on Chandra but who knows maybe they will introduce a new planeswalker just for the movie.

Funny opening short: Guy walks into bank, cashes paycheck, leaves with cash. Walks into gaming store. Buys 6 booster boxes and sits down at a table and opens each pack. Rages when he doesn't get the card he wanted. Fast forward with caption reading "Next Payday", cut to same guy walking into game store with bigger stack of cash in hand, grim and determined. Fade out.
To Be Continued...

Fade.

Forever. [1 frame blip]

BanicRhys:
Oh good, who wants to bet it'll be one, huge Chandra wank fest?

Let's hope they avoid including any references to the actual MTG mechanics and just make it a story set in the MTG universe.

Chandra? based on what I've read online, I'd have figured Jace was the trademark favorite creation over at Wizards. :o Ah well, I'm mostly in it for Ral Zarek, so I know I won't be made happy.

I get the feeling this'll turn out like the dungeons and dragons movie: only tangentially related to its source, and terrible. I'd say the fact that it IS a lore based around a cardgame makes it pretty loose and open to interpretation, which gives me hope, but these projects have a high failure rate.

Steven Bogos:
I'm not sure what to make of this. What would a Magic movie even be about?

Believe it or not, there actually is a story line behind MTG, as some other Escapists have already mentioned. It revolves around the Planeswalkers and their adventures while walking the planes. There's actually numerous story arcs that could be explored through a movie, and I believe some story arcs have already been explored through novels. Most of the sets that are released these days have some sort of story attached to them.

Personally, though, I think this has "in-game tie-in" written all over it. The way they like releasing videogames based on newly released movies, I'd imagine they'll likely come up with some new story for the MTG universe and have the card game release a new set based on the events of the movie.

balladbird:
Chandra? based on what I've read online, I'd have figured Jace was the trademark favorite creation over at Wizards. :o Ah well, I'm mostly in it for Ral Zarek, so I know I won't be made happy.

With the new expansion, it looks like Elspeth is the new planeswalker du jour. She's at least the face of Theros for now. Jace (to the best of my knowledge, which isn't great) has been left behind to do...whatever Jace does.

Doesn't mean anything for a movie, which probably will be only loosely tied to the canon and I'd imagine a new character would be introduced for a movie.

I read a couple books based on Magic: the Gathering worlds, it seems like a universe that could easily be applied to film.

It'd be awesome to have the character Asmoranomardicadaistinaculdacar (A character in one of the short stories in a Magic :the Gathering book... pretty sure I got the spelling right.) in it just because I want to see the attempt to merchandise that name.

EDIT:
Hey, I was right!

http://wiki.mtgsalvation.com/article/Asmoranomardicadaistinaculdacar

balladbird:
Chandra? based on what I've read online, I'd have figured Jace was the trademark favorite creation over at Wizards. :o Ah well, I'm mostly in it for Ral Zarek, so I know I won't be made happy.

I don't know, I haven't played the actual game in years due to the fact that I have absolutely no friends under no circumstances whatsoever no matter what.

All I know is that I have to deal with her smug ole' face whenever I play DotP 2014.

Diablo1099:

Christ, I almost wish they were making another Fantastic Four...

Funny you should mention that.

Since no one else said it, does this also mean Fox is going to put out a sequel every year?

To anyone asking 'why?' I don't think you're aware of just how big a following Magic: The Gathering has. Sometimes I think The Escapist exists in a bubble with only a select section of games or nerd culture being covered. Magic has big money tournaments all over the world, almost 3 decades of backstory, revisions and growth and is enjoyed by millions all over the world.

So really the question should be; why not?

If the films were about Urza, Mishra, Yawgmoth, possibly Gerrard and the Rath cycle on the side, I'd be totally cool with it. Of course this was the story from 8-10 years ago. Dunno if the current players would be interested in the original planeswalker's story. The trick would be picking an actor that can pull off multiple layers of age makeup since Urza's physical age was based entirely on his mood at the time.

Just one film? This'll probably be about one of the post-Mending planeswalkers then; Jace, Chandra, or Ves are the biggest players, so it'll most likely be one or two of them with possible cameos by a few of the rest. I would have preferred Urza but the Brother's War wouldn't make a good Magic film. The conflict with Yawgmoth and Phyrexia (the best Magic villains so far imo) would be my preferred topic, but that'd have to be a duology at least - and even then they'd be condensing things.

And now I've realized just how much of a lore nerd I am.

Remus:
If the films were about Urza, Mishra, Yawgmoth, possibly Gerrard and the Rath cycle on the side, I'd be totally cool with it. Of course this was the story from 8-10 years ago. Dunno if the current players would be interested in the original planeswalker's story. The trick would be picking an actor that can pull off multiple layers of age makeup since Urza's physical age was based entirely on his mood at the time.

They have (kind of) revived Phyrexia, no reason why they can't revive Gerrard and the Weatherlight crew.
Though this movie really has a lot of potential to fail. Video game movies are bad most of the time and this has about the same chances imo.

God damn it i had to be FOX that did it? Really, there is enough cool stuff in the magic lore to make a decent movie out but I trust FOX to do a good job about as far as i can throw them and Hasbro let Battleship be made so I have no confidence in them keeping them straight...

I smell a Gamers 3 Hands of Fate ripoff.

Hmm, interesting.

I do hope they don't go the D&D movie route.
although i found it watcheble, it was certainly not good.

My fear is that if they go with live-action, it will be so CGI heavy that they might as well have animated it.

As for story, my gues would be that they go for Nicol Bolas.
I'm some sets behind, so i'm not entirely up to date with current events.

Jeroenr:

As for story, my gues would be that they go for Nicol Bolas.

I would of thought that they would include Mr Bolas, given that he is so tangled up in the lore of the game as it is.

That said i reckon there is a good chance since it is looking like several films, given the way that the report said that they are looking to make it into a franchise. That one of the films includes Liliana hunting down one of here demon lords.

blackaddicus:

Jeroenr:

As for story, my gues would be that they go for Nicol Bolas.

I would of thought that they would include Mr Bolas, given that he is so tangled up in the lore of the game as it is.

That said i reckon there is a good chance since it is looking like several films, given the way that the report said that they are looking to make it into a franchise. That one of the films includes Liliana hunting down one of here demon lords.

Well. if they go for more films, they could give him a Thanos like role.
That would make kinda sense, Bolas is more a puppetmaster.
Instead of direct involvement he usually recruits agents like, Sarkhan Vol or Tezzeret.

But FOX please don't, we get enove trilogies as it is.

I don't think the movie will be to lore heavy.

This type of movie, if purely made for fans of the source tend not to do well in the box-office.
And the movie studios these day all seek a save pay-check.

btw, is that Phyrexia corruption still going on?

Jeroenr:

blackaddicus:

Jeroenr:

As for story, my gues would be that they go for Nicol Bolas.

I would of thought that they would include Mr Bolas, given that he is so tangled up in the lore of the game as it is.

That said i reckon there is a good chance since it is looking like several films, given the way that the report said that they are looking to make it into a franchise. That one of the films includes Liliana hunting down one of here demon lords.

Well. if they go for more films, they could give him a Thanos like role.
That would make kinda sense, Bolas is more a puppetmaster.
Instead of direct involvement he usually recruits agents like, Sarkhan Vol or Tezzeret.

But FOX please don't, we get enove trilogies as it is.

I don't think the movie will be to lore heavy.

This type of movie, if purely made for fans of the source tend not to do well in the box-office.
And the movie studios these day all seek a save pay-check.

btw, is that Phyrexia corruption still going on?

The plane of Mirrodin is now known as New Phyrexia, the block spanning 2010-11 covered the war between the Mirani and the Phyrexians. So yes the Phyrexia corruption is still around, however for the time been nothing new about the corruption is known.

Hmmm considering they most likely want to tie into a future magic set it is likely that the 2014 september set will feature a story suitable for a movie. It also was recently released by maro that huey(the codename for the set) has a different structure to that of other sets.

However I believe we should all bow our heads and pray and recent movie bobs chapter 10 verse superman.

"Please don't suck, Please don't suck, Please don't suck, Please don't suck, Please don't suck, Please don't suck"

There's a lot of people screaming "why?" at this and I don't get it. The MtG setting is incredibly deep. Every Block basically could have its own movie, with some characters and settings returning across several movies. You could make a dozen movies without ever having to deviate from the storyline. And the silly thing is, the storyline is actually good! Don't get me wrong, I found the books that have been published in the setting pretty damn poor (though maybe they've improved), but that was due to the writing, not the lore.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic:_The_Gathering_storylines though there's probably more extensive write-ups which offer more.

If anything, my biggest fear is that they won't have enough money to do it justice. The costumes, the spells, the sets...

Clearly the plot will be about squadron hawk, I don't see how it could be about anything else.

If its anything like the comic books that I read, it should be at least an average action film with some cool ideas. Planeswalkers who can summon creatures and cast spells can be made, given the correct writers, incredibly cool.

I don't actually think this will be about playing the card game, as the OP thinks. That would be kinda retarded. Unless its a opportunity to do a film about having the piss taken out of you for your hobbies. No joke, I was perusing one of my first MTG decks I ever bought on the train home, and some kids behind me noticed and started talking about how that was "the gay card game" to each other. I was 22. You can never escape the prejudice, man.

balladbird:

BanicRhys:
Oh good, who wants to bet it'll be one, huge Chandra wank fest?

Chandra? based on what I've read online, I'd have figured Jace was the trademark favorite creation over at Wizards.

People like Bewbs, and this movie is probably going to try and go for the shotgun mass target audience for moar munny approach then to satisfy it's current fan base.

ok this could work, "flame shield up". ok now they could make an interesting story by having some normal magic player being sucked into the world of magic were he(or she) must learn to control their new planeswalker powers to survive, learning from each of the original planeswalkers. Hey id watch that and I bet a lot of other people would it would make for a great movie, that said if they make it just a card game Ill bomb it along with the rest of you.

if this movie ends up being based arond people playing the card game count me out.

If it is being set in the mtg multiverse then its:
prediction time(disclaimer these predicitons are being made under the presumtion that the movie is being made by at least a director who actually likes MTG or would put the effort into this to make it good):
Planeswalkers;
I am guessing they will introduce a new planeswalker who is just learning thier powers (seeing as it sbeing made by fox this planeswalker is going to be a rugged good looking male)
But that one of the main planeswalkers while either make a short appearance in a scene as a shout out to fans and to set up events for the franchise (this is going to be a franchise unless it flops in the box office) if that is the case it will probably be gideon to set up a avegners scenario to fight the eldrazi.
Or one the the main is going to be a mentor in which case chandra and jace are tied for my top predicitons, chandra is easy to market and could be used as a love interest for the movie. While jace is popular and could be used to appeal to the loki crowed.

The villian will most likely be a minion of nicol bola (but we only find out at the end of the movie he was just a minion, again to set up stuff for the franchise)

some other planeswalkers might appear in montage scenes when something is being explained or hinted at for the future.

creatures;
I am guessing some notable creatures like lalnowar elves and spells like cancle will be used at some points in the movie as a shout out to fans.

planes;
I am guessin we might see 1 or 2 notable planes in a intro scene setting up the plot before we meat our main character or in a after credits scene setting things up for upcoming moveis, but I am guessing the movie will be se tin a new plane that will be very much classic fanatasy based so that it attracts the hobbit, lord of the rings and game of thrones crowed.

any one else like to add to this list?

Diablo1099:
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WHY?!

Jesus!? Out of all the IPs to make a movie out of, THIS is what the Execs thought was a good idea?!
Christ, I almost wish they were making another Fantastic Four...

They are... with an African American Johnny Storm... I'll just let that sink in, I honestly don't know how I feel about it. http://screenrant.com/fantastic-four-human-torch-cast-michael-jordan-2015/

Steven Bogos:
I'm not sure what to make of this. What would a Magic movie even be about?

Personally, I'm hoping for a movie version of either the Phyrexian War (which could easily be made into a trilogy of movies, since studios are only interested in trilogies these days), or the Odyssey/Onslaught blocks (I'm a sucker for Swords & Sandals).

Steven Bogos:

Simon Kinberg, who helped the studio bring the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises in, will be in charge of Magic: The Gathering's film adaptation.

Because both those franchises were sooo good, weren't they? (Ok, X-men First Class really was good).

CelestDaer:

Diablo1099:

Christ, I almost wish they were making another Fantastic Four...

Funny you should mention that.

Atary77:
Since no one else said it, does this also mean Fox is going to put out a sequel every year?

They're going to put out an expansion film every couple months and a new core movie every year.

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