20th Century Fox has finalized a deal to bring the popular card game Magic: The Gathering to the big screen. The studio has brought on Simon Kinberg to produce the adaptation and oversee the development, although no screenwriter or director has been attached yet.
The game debuted in 1993 by Wizards of the Coast, a company which specializes in role-playing fantasy games that became the forerunner of a growing card game movement. The game involves a number of different cards featuring wizards, creatures, weapons and spells that have various levels of strength, which players use to defeat one another. The cards themselves, some of which are rarer than others, have also become valuable commodities on the collectors market. Throughout the 1990s, the game grew in popularity, with tournaments being held around the world, which still exist today. Other companies began developing trading card games based on existing properties such as Pokémon and Star Wars. Hasbro purchased Wizards of the Coast in 1999.
Hasbro's Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis are producing alongside Simon Kinberg, with 20th Century Fox's Kira Goldberg and Ryan Jones overseeing the project for the studio. Aditya Sood and Josh Feldman from Simon Kinberg's Genre Films are serving as executive producers. No production schedule was given.