“Magic: The Gathering” gaming geeks have every reason be even more excited about the big screen adaptation announcement for the popular card game. Not only is “X-Men” franchise scribe Simon Kinberg hired to assist with the development of the big screen adaptation, “Game of Thrones” scribe Bryan Cogman has been hired to pen the script. Cogman is also known for assisting with other duties on the popular HBO series, his credits include producing and story editing.
20th Century Fox will develop the property with an eye to launch a massive franchise on the scale of ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’. The wildly popular card game introduced by Wizards of the Coast was released in the 90’s. The multiple award-winning game is still played today with an estimated six million players in over seventy countries. Since its release in 1993, the game has also expanded its reach online. 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 involving magical spells, items, and fantastic creatures depicted on individual Magic cards to defeat their opponents.