Fox Taps Game of Thrones Writer For Magic The Gathering Movie

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Fox Taps Game of Thrones Writer For Magic The Gathering Movie

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This was probably innevitable

Oh, don't act so surprised.

Last year 20th Century Fox grabbed up the movie rights to Magic: The Gathering with eyes on turning it into a theatrical franchise a la Lord of The Rings or the upcoming WarCraft. Now they've hired Bryan Cogman, a producer and story editor for HBO's Game of Thrones, to draft a screenplay for the inaugural installment.

The film will be produced by Simon Kinberg, Brian Goldner and Steve Davis. As this is the first official movement on the product since Fox secured the rights, no casting, director or story details are yet available. Kinberg is best known as the writer/producer of the three most recent X-Men movies, and also scripted Disney's upcoming live-action Cinderella for Kenneth Branagh and Josh Trank's Fantastic Four reboot.

Created in 1993, MTG is one of the most popular trading-card games of all time. Its storyline involves a Multiverse of individual worlds traversed by powerful beings called Planeswalkers, who combat one another using spells and summoned creatures powered by lands of varying geographic type under a Planeswalker's control. The game features a detailed cosmology and mythos, which is expanded upon by officially licensed novels and comics.

Source: Deadline

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Ok then?

No seriously, that's all that can really be said about this, everything else is just padding. Also, no I will act surprised because I am both surprised and confused.

Well there is only one thing you can look forward to: Glorious trainwreck cgi or glorious glorious cgi.

I love the MTG-lore! It doesn't sound like it's being handeled by people who know what it is. I'm a little bit sad...

A planewalker movie? Eh, que Jace being an insufferable jerk with a god-complex trolling the other walkers with little to no context whatsoever. Just because that's what blue does.

Come back when we're talking about Akroma or the Kamigawa cycle.

THE SENGIRS SEND THEIR REGARDS!

Hiname:
A planewalker movie? Eh, que Jace being an insufferable jerk with a god-complex trolling the other walkers with little to no context whatsoever. Just because that's what blue does.

Come back when we're talking about Akroma or the Kamigawa cycle.

Eh, Jace has done a lot of growing up in recent years. XD Now Ral Zarek... there's a troll.

Honestly, I don't know how I feel about the news, though... While Game of Thrones has some high quality writing behind it... most of the truly great stuff is just adapted from the books. When the GoT writers create something that's fully filler and unique to the show, we suddenly lose our nuanced, morally grey characters in favor of cartoon villains drinking wine from skulls, and exposition whores.

There's a lot of awesome lore in MtG. Too much, perhaps. (I still want to know what happened to Garruk after Odric found him. Did Avacyn cure him of his curse?) Unless I'm wrong, the Eldrazi are still floating around somewhere.

But for some reason, I think Fox would end up butchering it somehow.

A Ravnica conspiracy theory thriller would be cool, but we all know fantasy universes can never be used for anything other than war-jerking.

Hiname:
A planewalker movie? Eh, que Jace being an insufferable jerk with a god-complex trolling the other walkers with little to no context whatsoever. Just because that's what blue does.

it's certainly what i do. play to annoy. 8P

Mahorfeus:
There's a lot of awesome lore in MtG. Too much, perhaps. (I still want to know what happened to Garruk after Odric found him. Did Avacyn cure him of his curse?) Unless I'm wrong, the Eldrazi are still floating around somewhere.

But for some reason, I think Fox would end up butchering it somehow.

Eldrazi are still causing problems, but we haven't seen them off of Zendikar.

Garruk is.... Not well.

Mahorfeus:
There's a lot of awesome lore in MtG. Too much, perhaps. (I still want to know what happened to Garruk after Odric found him. Did Avacyn cure him of his curse?) Unless I'm wrong, the Eldrazi are still floating around somewhere.

But for some reason, I think Fox would end up butchering it somehow.

Garruk's story is going to be continued in the M15 set, it looks like he still is cursed so it should be interesting.

OT: There is so much to work with, they could go for the post Planar chaos Loweryn 5 walkers or they could do one of the stories told before then, Urza's maybe but that might be a bit old for a lot of people.

Since this movie is not about urza or the weatherlight I don't care. In all honestly mtg lore went from copying classical hero's journey tales to fantasy cutting room floor stuff.

Er, George RR Martin wrote Game of Thrones. He's the writer of Game of Thrones.

Bryan Cogman is a producer and story editor. His job is completely different than that of a writer.

Who's writing, helming, what set will it represent, who are they casting, how much cgi they going to use, are they keeping out the cameos? Fuck it. It'll be a mess. I'll just go watch John Carter again with captions renaming things, that'll make more sense than Fox produce. I'll be under my blanket, sucking my thumb, waiting for the world to turn to shit once more.

crepesack :
Since this movie is not about urza or the weatherlight I don't care. In all honestly mtg lore went from copying classical hero's journey tales to fantasy cutting room floor stuff.

If by classical you mean ancient - Gilgameshian - and the central story revolving around a Utnapishtim-ian character.

freaper:
A Ravnica conspiracy theory thriller would be cool, but we all know fantasy universes can never be used for anything other than war-jerking.

Pretty much this. And for that reason, I suspect Eldrazi will be featured. Because that's the easiest way to do it. :V

I didn't even know there was lore behind mtg.. I just normally play black, or black/red I wonder for those lore people out there. Any interesting things go on with Liliana Vess or Sorin Markov as those are the only 2 plainswalkers I use.

What are we supposed to not be surprised about? I mean, the movie was mentioned before, so of course we won't act surprised. We knew Fox was doing it, so that's no surprise. The story editor for Game of Thrones? Is that where we're supposed to be acting surprised? Because I legit didn't see that coming. Hell, his wiipedia entry notes him only for writing a few episodes of GoT and for being popular in the blogosphere. Yes, it used that word.

Leonbelmont64:
I didn't even know there was lore behind mtg.. I just normally play black, or black/red I wonder for those lore people out there. Any interesting things go on with Liliana Vess or Sorin Markov as those are the only 2 plainswalkers I use.

I would think you'd pick up the presence of lore simply by owning and using the cards.

MinionJoe:
Er, George RR Martin wrote Game of Thrones. He's the writer of Game of Thrones.

Bryan Cogman is a producer and story editor. His job is completely different than that of a writer.

Wikipedia lists him as writer on five episodes. I don't know for sure that's true, but if it is, it's close enough to make this technically accurate.

Zachary Amaranth:

Wikipedia lists him as writer on five episodes. I don't know for sure that's true, but if it is, it's close enough to make this technically accurate.

Thanks for the info! Admittedly, I didn't research Bryan Cogman. I was just going off of the information presented in the article...

There's potential for this to be good. Sadly, I have serious doubts that it will be anything more than a cash grab, some big Lord of the Rings knock-off with big two-armies-charging-at-each-other fights and the obligatory CGI-moneymaker spell slinging scenes. Don't get me wrong, those are great, but it should not at all be what carries the film. Lord of the Rings had those scenes, but was also a very compelling movie with great story, music, visuals, choreography, lore, and the fan base to back it up. So while this MTG movie may pull that off well (and I hope it does), I can't help but feel like it won't.

What I really want to see is a trilogy of movies covering the story of Elspeth Tirel. Set the first one during Shards of Alara block, introduce her complicated past with the Pherexians and run through the Conflux story. Second one in Scars of Mirrodin/New Pherexia block fighting against the Pherexians and then third and final on Theros where she defys the gods and sacrifices herself to save her love.

That title alone made this news worth it.

freaper:
A Ravnica conspiracy theory thriller would be cool, but we all know fantasy universes can never be used for anything other than war-jerking.

I was tossing around plot ideas for this, and Ravnica was a setting that kept coming up. I'd love that.

It is a GoT writer we can only hope that the betrayal and conspiracies of the show seep in a bit.

MinionJoe:

Thanks for the info! Admittedly, I didn't research Bryan Cogman. I was just going off of the information presented in the article...

my first stop was Google to see if he had done anything I cared about. I was surprised at how little I found, so it's not shocking you didn't know anyway.

Anyway, glad to share.

As a long-time Magic fan I'm not sure what to make of this.

On one hand Magic has the settings and style of a big fantasy blockbuster movie. The art design is striking and excellent, there's plenty of dragons and angels and demons and sphinxes and hydras all going at it with each other, the various Planes have more than enough to hang a movie script on, and a single full duel animated with a couple of million dollars would look glorious.

On the other hand the overall story behind Magic is generally pretty meh. Most of the planeswalkers just aren't interesting and the novels range between mediocre and awful. In my experience the individual settings, ideas, creatures, and lore are much more interesting than anything that Magic does with them. This is fine when all you have are a set of a couple hundred cards that depict snapshots of the setting, the ideas, the creatures, and the lore, but Magic has a poor track record when trying to pull it all together.

Well People say Game of Thrones was a good series, so we'll see. Maybe a determined adaptation writer can put together something more pleasing than Wizards array of mediocre pulp writers.

God I hope they go with the source material, cause while it's not necessarily well written, the lore is interesting. I'm pulling for a Ravnica movie. Would want Brother's War, but that's kind of done away with in modern MtG lore.

MinionJoe:
Er, George RR Martin wrote Game of Thrones. He's the writer of Game of Thrones.

Bryan Cogman is a producer and story editor. His job is completely different than that of a writer.

Well as a story editor you are going to be working right alongside the screenplay writers, and probably will have some of your own writing show up in the final product.

I think the discrepancy is in writer of the book, vs writer of the show.

I myself chuckled at my immediate thought: George RR Martin writes a MtG screenplay....

Daymo:
OT: There is so much to work with, they could go for the post Planar chaos Loweryn 5 walkers or they could do one of the stories told before then, Urza's maybe but that might be a bit old for a lot of people.

My hope is that they at least focus on the Planeswalkers as the central characters and not some knight. I almost want the kingdoms themselves to be non entities, pieces for the Walkers to manipulate into doing their bidding.

Or, if they don't, that they perhaps cover the rise of Phyrixia, where a relatively normal kingdom's technological researcher captures a Planeswalker, assisting in experiments to slowly transform it into a horrifying kingdom of death.

freaper:
A Ravnica conspiracy theory thriller would be cool, but we all know fantasy universes can never be used for anything other than war-jerking.

To be fair, conspiracy thrillers don't sell nearly as well as war stories, but the generally lower production costs that come from the locations and props help balance that out. Trying to do a conspiracy movie in a fantasy setting will up the cost significantly with not nearly as much potential gain.

So, the same company that strangled Firefly in the crib is now reaching out to do an MtG movie?
What a strange world I live in.

Can someone please make a series or franchise after LEGACY OF CAYN ?????? FUCKING HELL !!! ABOUT DAMN TIME :D

Jesus H. Christ, people. The MTG lore goes way, way, way, way farther back than Jace and the super friends.

Come on, Urza vs Mishra!

Brian Tams:
Jesus H. Christ, people. The MTG lore goes way, way, way, way farther back than Jace and the super friends.

Come on, Urza vs Mishra!

Unfortunately Jace and Chandra are now what Wizards hangs it's brand on. Planswalkers are seen as the crux of the modern MTG brand and they actively retreat away from the Dominaria stuff because they think players got sick of sets being about that. Which is a shame because Yawgmoth and some of the aspects of that era of magic are probably the most interesting. Some of the more intriguing and disturbing aspects of magic lore come out of that.

I hope to god they let the thing be an adaptation rather than trying to put to much of their 'brand' into it because as much as i like the flavor of recent sets some of the more marketing based aspects of their stories leaves something to be desired.

MTG needs more of a loose adaptation if it's going to be good.

My bet is solidly on origin-story rebellious Jace with Chandra love interest fighting Nicol Bolas.

Hiname:
Come back when we're talking about Akroma or the Kamigawa cycle.

If I get a Kamigawa movie (or a Lorwyn movie) I think I would fangirl myself to death.

Symbio Joe:
Well there is only one thing you can look forward to: Glorious trainwreck cgi or glorious glorious cgi.

It's fox, lets hope they let it play in order...

Honestly, I have little hope as they will probably use the newer characters and completely ignoring the earlier characters as I don't think they are around anymore...

Honestly, my delirious vision of this being good is a Magic players gets thrown into the setting as a new Planeswalker, makes the alliances kicks some ass, only for the bad guy to say as his dying words, "But current big bad summoned you here."

freaper:
A Ravnica conspiracy theory thriller would be cool, but we all know fantasy universes can never be used for anything other than war-jerking.

It'll never happen, but I want a Buddy Cop teamup between a Wojek Investigator and an Azorius Arrester. Seriously, it writes itself.

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