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Dust off your decks! Magic: The Gathering is coming to the big screen

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Jan 14, 2014

It’s taken a few decades, but one of the biggest fantasy properties outside of Lord of the Rings and Dungeons & Dragons is finally headed to the big screen -- for better or worse.

Uber-producer Simon Kinberg has hooked up with 20th Century Fox to shepherd a film adaptation of the extremely popular Magic: The Gathering fantasy card game series. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio views the project as something that could grow into a Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings-size franchise and span multiple films.

Kinberg (X-Men First Class, Sherlock Holmes, Elysium) will take on a big picture role and work with rights-holder Hasbro to hash out the vision for the film and potential sequels. Kinberg knows his way around a good sci-fi property, but this one is a huge gamble. Fingers crossed.

For those who didn’t pick up a deck and start playing this game in high school, Magic is a fantasy card game introduced back in 1993 that featured wizards, spells and mythical creatures. The hugely popular game would eventually pave the way for card-battle games based on everything from Pokemon to Dragon Ball Z.

So, can this actually work as a film? It’s hard to say. The long-running card game has a deep canon to dig into, as well as a fervent fan base, and it certainly has the potential to branch out into a Lord of the Rings-style world of quests and adventures. But that’s a lot of world-building to try and pull off, and many have tried and failed at nobler pursuits.

For now, consider us cautiously optimistic. How do you think this will turn out?

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(Via The Hollywood Reporter)