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Fox Deals New Franchise Around Card Game 'Magic: The Gathering'

Fantasy movies are one of the hottest genres in the current movie landscape and Fox is looking to get into the action.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that 20th Century Fox has closed a deal to acquire the screen rights to the popular Hasbro card game Magic: The Gathering and will look to launch a new franchise "on the scale of Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings."

The studio has brought in X-Men and Fantastic Four writer Simon Kinberg on to produce the adaptation and will oversee the development of the movie series in conjunction with Hasbro execs.

Magic: The Gathering was introduced in 1993 and became a huge hit. The role-playing game consists of cards with a variety of wizards, creatures, weapons and spells that players use to defeat each other. Cards vary in strength and some are very rare.

No release dates have been targeted but considering the project was just announced, it will be several years before we see the first film in theaters.

Do you think Magic: The Gathering has the potential to be a blockbuster franchise for Fox?



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