According to The Hollywood Reporter 20th Century Fox is developing a movie based on Magic: The Gathering, a trading card game introduced by Richard Garfield in 1993 which still has millions of players today.
For those not familiar with the game, Wikipedia describes it as two or more players who are engaged in a battle as powerful wizards called “planeswalkers”. Players lose life when they are dealt “damage” by being attacked with summoned creatures or when spells or other cards cause them to lose life directly.
Simon Kinberg, who is involved with the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises at Fox, will be producing the adaptation. The guy seems pretty busy already, having also been tasked with writing one of the new Star Wars spin-offs for Disney.
Apparently the aim is to launch a whole new fantasy franchise similar to Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. The success of the Magic: The Gathering movie will depend on whether it can appeal to audiences outside of the current fan-base. Hasbro has had success previously by turning Transformers and G.I. Joe into movies, so they’ll be hoping to replicate that with Magic: The Gathering.