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(The Hollywood Reporter)   Fox to Bring 'Magic: The Gathering' to the Big Screen   (hollywoodreporter.com) divider line 107
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2014-01-13 07:51:30 PM
Ah yes, all the excitement of nerds playing a card game on the big screen! I'm sure this will be just as big a blockbuster as the Dungeons & Dragons movies.
 
2014-01-13 07:58:50 PM
Good luck with that hopping on a game that's 20 years old, and losing market share with every quarter. Brilliant strategy, that...
 
2014-01-13 08:08:05 PM
I read that as FoxNews to bring 'GOP: The Rapening' to the Big Screen.
 
2014-01-13 08:09:38 PM
www.ohmz.net
 
2014-01-13 08:13:17 PM

hubiestubert: Good luck with that hopping on a game that's 20 years old, and losing market share with every quarter. Brilliant strategy, that...


It sounds like they're just grabbing the story from the game as an inspiration for some epic story.

Not sure how well that will play out though. I remember in high school the kids who played Magic were essentially social outcasts. The film-makers might find it hard to shake that image. (then again, who could've predicted that the Lord of the Rings movies would be so universally popular with people who never read fantasy before?).

I actually played the game with some friends a few years ago and really enjoyed it, although my interest waned when they told me how much some of them spend on the cards.
 
2014-01-13 08:13:31 PM
Will it be a limited run and when you get there they'll say they can't show it anymore because it ran out or maybe it will just be in limited cities and cost twice as much to go.
 
2014-01-13 08:14:35 PM
Given that there isn't that much of a cohesive storyline between sets, I can't see this as anything but a bloated train wreck that will ultimately dilute the brand and do nothing to promote the game itself.
 
2014-01-13 08:14:39 PM
I'd tap it!

(That was my headline when I submitted it.)
 
2014-01-13 08:25:30 PM
Battleship did so well in the Theatre.
 
2014-01-13 08:25:47 PM
More money to Hasbro.  That's fine with me.
 
2014-01-13 08:29:54 PM
Preemptively casting Verne Troyer as Squee the Goblin Deckhand.
 
2014-01-13 08:30:18 PM
I wonder if it will be based on the 1998 Finkel vs Rubin tournament that was broadcast on ESPN2.
 
2014-01-13 08:30:44 PM

miss diminutive: hubiestubert: Good luck with that hopping on a game that's 20 years old, and losing market share with every quarter. Brilliant strategy, that...

It sounds like they're just grabbing the story from the game as an inspiration for some epic story.

Not sure how well that will play out though. I remember in high school the kids who played Magic were essentially social outcasts. The film-makers might find it hard to shake that image. (then again, who could've predicted that the Lord of the Rings movies would be so universally popular with people who never read fantasy before?).

I actually played the game with some friends a few years ago and really enjoyed it, although my interest waned when they told me how much some of them spend on the cards.


It is a fun game. I played a little bit maybe 15 years ago when I was in HS. Of course to be "good" at the game you need to shell out cash for lots of cards.


There was a book based on the series called "The Arena" or something. Wasn't a great book, but a fun story line. That would do well on the big screen.
 
2014-01-13 08:33:04 PM

BalugaJoe: Battleship did so well in the Theatre.


"C-4 Hit"

vs.

"Some think there is no subtlety to destruction. You know what? They're dead."

Which do you think is easier to write a script for?
 
2014-01-13 08:33:43 PM

hubiestubert: Good luck with that hopping on a game that's 20 years old, and losing market share with every quarter. Brilliant strategy, that...


...to who? Settlers of Catan?
 
2014-01-13 08:34:23 PM

sickb0y: [www.ohmz.net image 500x701]


Brow? Not Bro?

/in '95, I passed by a book store selling boxes of 1st and 2nd Edition for like 10 bucks. :(
 
2014-01-13 08:34:53 PM
They should do a Risk movie.
 
2014-01-13 08:35:21 PM

miss diminutive: It sounds like they're just grabbing the story from the game as an inspiration for some epic story.


Really? I mean, the game has a story, but it really just boils down to wizards fighting each other. Interplanar wizards, I suppose, but not really all that much.
 
2014-01-13 08:38:56 PM

hubiestubert: Good luck with that hopping on a game that's 20 years old, and losing market share with every quarter. Brilliant strategy, that...


You might try knowing what you're talking about instead of just spouting crap.

The game has actually been doing pretty amazing, especially considering it's a physical game in a world that's increasingly going digital for entertainment. It's actually grown 25% or more in each of the previous 4 years.

/but hey, don't let reality shape your bias
 
2014-01-13 08:39:33 PM
They'd better get it in before the whole "nerds are cool" phase of Western Civilization ends.
 
2014-01-13 08:40:09 PM

Fubini: miss diminutive: It sounds like they're just grabbing the story from the game as an inspiration for some epic story.

Really? I mean, the game has a story, but it really just boils down to wizards fighting each other. Interplanar wizards, I suppose, but not really all that much.


I'll admit that I don't know much about the story or the lore of the card game, but they created a whole universe (or multiple universes) to explore. There should be enough there for a decent writer to do something with.

*assuming, of course, they decide to get a good writer and don't just show wizards zapping each other in CGI for 90 minutes*
 
2014-01-13 08:41:30 PM
That's a hell of a saving throw
 
2014-01-13 08:42:03 PM
www.quickmeme.com
 
2014-01-13 08:43:44 PM

sickb0y: [www.ohmz.net image 500x701]


Okay, two problems... one, it's "bro", not "brow" and two, Barney's into Star Wars, not Star Trek.
 
2014-01-13 08:48:02 PM

nocturnal001: It is a fun game. I played a little bit maybe 15 years ago when I was in HS. Of course to be "good" at the game you need to shell out cash for lots of cards.


You really don't. Limited is a format that exists and can be enjoyed quite cheaply, relying wholly on your own skills and not your purchasing power. If you want to go pro, then yeah, you do have to spend money, but that's true of ANY hobby that you want to take to a professional level.

Alternatively, the Duels of the Planeswalkers games are ten bucks for quite a bit of time consumption.

Fubini: miss diminutive: It sounds like they're just grabbing the story from the game as an inspiration for some epic story.

Really? I mean, the game has a story, but it really just boils down to wizards fighting each other. Interplanar wizards, I suppose, but not really all that much.


There's actually quite a bit of lore, but most of it is from lots of mediocre books. My guess is that they're going to stick to recent settings/characters.

I'll stick up for the game itself, but I'm also quite unsure that a movie will turn out to be any good, or that it's even a good idea.

Toquinha: Given that there isn't that much of a cohesive storyline between sets, I can't see this as anything but a bloated train wreck that will ultimately dilute the brand and do nothing to promote the game itself.

There is in fact a consistent storyline that's been running ever since Lorwyn introduced planeswalkers, who are basically the main characters that travel through these different planes (settings) and play out their own roles in each place. It's nothing super-amazing or really worthy of a movie, honestly, but there's been worse source material.

fusillade762: Ah yes, all the excitement of nerds playing a card game on the big screen! I'm sure this will be just as big a blockbuster as the Dungeons & Dragons movies.


Let us pray that none of the Wayans get attached to this project, for all our sakes.

/I'd take Jennifer Lawrence as Liliana, though...
 
2014-01-13 08:52:00 PM

miss diminutive: hubiestubert: Good luck with that hopping on a game that's 20 years old, and losing market share with every quarter. Brilliant strategy, that...

It sounds like they're just grabbing the story from the game as an inspiration for some epic story.

Not sure how well that will play out though. I remember in high school the kids who played Magic were essentially social outcasts. The film-makers might find it hard to shake that image. (then again, who could've predicted that the Lord of the Rings movies would be so universally popular with people who never read fantasy before?).

I actually played the game with some friends a few years ago and really enjoyed it, although my interest waned when they told me how much some of them spend on the cards.


About as well as those stellar Dungeons and Dragons movies. Because if there's one thing that execs know, it's the heartbeat of the American geek and RPG markets...
 
2014-01-13 08:54:38 PM
epic clusterfark in the making
 
2014-01-13 08:54:57 PM

Strolpol: hubiestubert: Good luck with that hopping on a game that's 20 years old, and losing market share with every quarter. Brilliant strategy, that...

You might try knowing what you're talking about instead of just spouting crap.

The game has actually been doing pretty amazing, especially considering it's a physical game in a world that's increasingly going digital for entertainment. It's actually grown 25% or more in each of the previous 4 years.

/but hey, don't let reality shape your bias


Heh funny enough I downloaded the xbox live game when it was free. It's actually pretty fun. Offers enough customization to keep you playing and the online duels are always interesting.

I used play a shiat ton when I was in my early teens (had a Sliver deck that could tear anyone up), but haven't played it in years. Good to hear it's still doin well.
 
2014-01-13 09:01:11 PM

Strolpol: /I'd take Jennifer Lawrence as Liliana, though...


I'd tap dat
 
2014-01-13 09:02:40 PM

Strolpol: nocturnal001: It is a fun game. I played a little bit maybe 15 years ago when I was in HS. Of course to be "good" at the game you need to shell out cash for lots of cards.

You really don't. Limited is a format that exists and can be enjoyed quite cheaply, relying wholly on your own skills and not your purchasing power. If you want to go pro, then yeah, you do have to spend money, but that's true of ANY hobby that you want to take to a professional level.

Alternatively, the Duels of the Planeswalkers games are ten bucks for quite a bit of time consumption.

Fubini: miss diminutive: It sounds like they're just grabbing the story from the game as an inspiration for some epic story.

Really? I mean, the game has a story, but it really just boils down to wizards fighting each other. Interplanar wizards, I suppose, but not really all that much.

There's actually quite a bit of lore, but most of it is from lots of mediocre books. My guess is that they're going to stick to recent settings/characters.

I'll stick up for the game itself, but I'm also quite unsure that a movie will turn out to be any good, or that it's even a good idea.

Toquinha: Given that there isn't that much of a cohesive storyline between sets, I can't see this as anything but a bloated train wreck that will ultimately dilute the brand and do nothing to promote the game itself.

There is in fact a consistent storyline that's been running ever since Lorwyn introduced planeswalkers, who are basically the main characters that travel through these different planes (settings) and play out their own roles in each place. It's nothing super-amazing or really worthy of a movie, honestly, but there's been worse source material.

fusillade762: Ah yes, all the excitement of nerds playing a card game on the big screen! I'm sure this will be just as big a blockbuster as the Dungeons & Dragons movies.

Let us pray that none of the Wayans get attached to this project, for all our sakes.

/I'd take Jennifer Lawrence as ...



Eh, I'm no expert but my sense of things was that the "strength" of the cards you acquired varied a lot between the series. IIRC I got into it a good bit and wound up with mostly forgotten realms cards and no matter what I did in terms of deck building I always got my ass handed to me by my friends. Even if they helped me build decks I just never seemed to have a good range of options.
 
2014-01-13 09:04:26 PM
I have no idea what you're talking about so here a picture of some (not completely;) random chick in a dress made of magic the gathering cards;

media-cache-cd0.pinimg.com
 
2014-01-13 09:06:18 PM
How about a film adaption of Arkham Horror next. Now that's a game-based movie I'd pay to see.
 
2014-01-13 09:07:45 PM
Mmm, as a Magic player (or at least, I used to), I'd advice against it.

Ever remember the D&D movie? Or the Dragonlance movie?.
 
2014-01-13 09:10:01 PM
As someone who worked for WotC for over 10 years and was sis how the door over differing opinions i wish them the best of luck.

It's a good property and the story of planeswalkers can adapt well to the screen I believe.

/yes, I know more about magic than any of you.
 
2014-01-13 09:10:39 PM
Only two decades late!
 
2014-01-13 09:15:15 PM

Strolpol: nocturnal001: It is a fun game. I played a little bit maybe 15 years ago when I was in HS. Of course to be "good" at the game you need to shell out cash for lots of cards.

You really don't. Limited is a format that exists and can be enjoyed quite cheaply, relying wholly on your own skills and not your purchasing power. If you want to go pro, then yeah, you do have to spend money, but that's true of ANY hobby that you want to take to a professional level.

Alternatively, the Duels of the Planeswalkers games are ten bucks for quite a bit of time consumption.

Fubini: miss diminutive: It sounds like they're just grabbing the story from the game as an inspiration for some epic story.

Really? I mean, the game has a story, but it really just boils down to wizards fighting each other. Interplanar wizards, I suppose, but not really all that much.

There's actually quite a bit of lore, but most of it is from lots of mediocre books. My guess is that they're going to stick to recent settings/characters.

I'll stick up for the game itself, but I'm also quite unsure that a movie will turn out to be any good, or that it's even a good idea.

Toquinha: Given that there isn't that much of a cohesive storyline between sets, I can't see this as anything but a bloated train wreck that will ultimately dilute the brand and do nothing to promote the game itself.

There is in fact a consistent storyline that's been running ever since Lorwyn introduced planeswalkers, who are basically the main characters that travel through these different planes (settings) and play out their own roles in each place. It's nothing super-amazing or really worthy of a movie, honestly, but there's been worse source material.

fusillade762: Ah yes, all the excitement of nerds playing a card game on the big screen! I'm sure this will be just as big a blockbuster as the Dungeons & Dragons movies.

Let us pray that none of the Wayans get attached to this project, for all our sakes.

/I'd take Jennifer Lawrence as ...



I said I know more about magic than anyone else here, but you sir I approve of.  You made excellent points.
 
2014-01-13 09:15:35 PM

GonzoNihilist: I have no idea what you're talking about so here a picture of some (not completely;) random chick in a dress made of magic the gathering cards;

[media-cache-cd0.pinimg.com image 236x353]


I'd tap that!
 
2014-01-13 09:16:17 PM

mariner314: /yes, I know more about magic than any of you.


Well, seeing how you were "sis how the door over differing opinions," I would imagine so.

/Can I just call you "sis" for short?
 
2014-01-13 09:16:42 PM
So will the movie be vintage legal, modern legal, legacy legal, extended legal, standard legal, or block constructed legal?
 
2014-01-13 09:19:59 PM

mariner314: /yes, I know more about magic than any of you.


www.magicdiscount.fr

Not anymore.
 
2014-01-13 09:22:36 PM

Weatherkiss: So will the movie be vintage legal, modern legal, legacy legal, extended legal, standard legal, or block constructed legal?


It will be limited.  It will take 40 out of a possible 360 3 minute scenes and randomly construct a movie.
 
2014-01-13 09:23:01 PM

Weatherkiss: So will the movie be vintage legal, modern legal, legacy legal, extended legal, standard legal, or block constructed legal?


I know you're just joking, but Extended is actually dead as a format...Wizards has basically killed it off in favor of supporting Modern.

Just as well, since pretty much no one's played it for years
 
2014-01-13 09:25:17 PM
Ensemble of Magical Mary Sues: The Gathering
 
2014-01-13 09:32:03 PM
This should surprise nobody.  It's just further proof of the 20 year nostalgia cycle.

In the 1970s there was a lot of 1950s nostalgia, with Happy Days and Grease.

In the 1980s you had 1960s nostalgia, with everybody making a big deal about the 20th anniversary of Woodstock and TV shows like the Wonder Years.

In the 1990s it was 1970s nostalgia, with That 70s Show, Dazed and Confused, the original members of KISS reuniting, etc.

Over the last decade we've seen 1980s nostalgia in the forms of new Die Hard movies, films like Hot Tub Time Machine and Take Me Home Tonight, thrash metal experiencing a resurgence in popularity, and all that.

So it only makes sense that a card game which saw its peak popularity in the 1990s is now being made into a movie.
 
2014-01-13 09:42:19 PM
I don't think there's enough manna in the deck to stop this.
 
2014-01-13 09:43:42 PM
Hasbro.... Hasbro... Hmmmm.... wasn't that the outfit that had a cartoon show in the 80's for one of their toy lines... you know, the ponies, redone, and now the show is rapidly on its way to TAKING OVER THE WORLD?

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Now they are doing a movie about Magic: The Gathering...
 
2014-01-13 09:51:12 PM

fusillade762: Ah yes, all the excitement of nerds playing a card game on the big screen! I'm sure this will be just as big a blockbuster as the Dungeons & Dragons movies.


a.espncdn.com

Pay heem hees money
 
2014-01-13 09:53:04 PM

real_headhoncho: Hasbro.... Hasbro... Hmmmm.... wasn't that the outfit that had a cartoon show in the 80's for one of their toy lines... you know, the ponies, redone, and now the show is rapidly on its way to TAKING OVER THE WORLD?

[img.fark.net image 500x281]

Now they are doing a movie about Magic: The Gathering...


Not to further wind you up, but you do realize that they own the rights to Transformers and GI Joe as well, right? They've been raking in mad cash for ages off of multi-million dollar franchises. They basically own the American toy industry.

There was considerable speculation that Disney was considering purchasing them, and I would absolutely not be surprised to see it happen.

For all their giant evil company flaws (of which I am sure there are many), they did make the active choice to keep their hands off of MTG when they bought Wizards, and it's repaid them by being one of the best sources of revenue.

/tangentially related, but the ponies are the other big money-maker that Hasbro was touting in their last stock meeting
//5th season and second EqG movie are probably incoming
 
2014-01-13 09:58:29 PM
As someone who played from Beta to the "Kamigawa" cycle, I can't believe this will end well...
 
2014-01-13 10:00:54 PM
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