‘Magic: The Gathering’ Movie Gets ‘Game of Thrones’ Writer

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Magic The Gathering Screenwriter Bryan Cogman Magic: The Gathering Movie Gets Game of Thrones Writer

When 20th Century Fox bought the film rights to well-known trading card game Magic: The Gathering, it came amidst news of Warner Bros. developing a Dungeons & Dragons and Universal adapting World of Warcraft. Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) is already signed on to produce the first film, which he hopes will launch a franchise on the same level as The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter.

Now Magic: The Gathering has a screenwriter with some experience in the fantasy genre who will help to craft a story for the film adaptation of the beloved Hasbro game.

Deadline is reporting that Game of Thrones producer, story editor, and writer, Bryan Cogman is set to pen the script for Magic: The Gathering. Though Cogman is only credited with writing five episodes of Game of Thrones, they are some of the strongest in the series, including the recent “The Laws of Gods and Men,” which contained a critically-acclaimed speech from Tyrion Lannister.

Looking at the experience of those so far involved with Magic: The Gathering (Cogman and Kinberg) may indicate the type of franchise Fox intends to build out of the game. With backgrounds in fantasy and science fiction, respectively, in addition to a shared knack for telling big budget stories – whether on the big or small screen – Cogman and Kinberg certainly have complementary skill sets for a fantasy franchise.

Magic The Gathering Screenwriter Magic: The Gathering Movie Gets Game of Thrones Writer

Although we’ll be able to tell more about the Magic: The Gathering film once a director is announced and script or plot details are released, Kinberg has given himself and Cogman a difficult task already by comparing the upcoming franchise to the likes of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. It’s hard to predict at this point whether they’re able to complete the undertaking, though their resumes may offer some hope.

With the exception of the aforementioned Harry Potter and LOTR, fantasy films have often struggled in appealing to a wider audience. But with Magic: The Gathering, World of Warcraft, and Dungeons & Dragons all set to be released in the coming years, perhaps these films will finally find their niche among the superhero and sci-fi franchises.


Screen Rant will keep you posted on development for Magic: The Gathering as more information is made available.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Next movies up to bat based on video games:
    Frogger and Burger Time! And maybe Super Mario Smash Brothers (no, not “Hulk smash!”)?

    • There is a SMB movie and it was aweful! :-D

      • Any particular reason why the site is letting enormous Indonesian horse betting gimmickry ads like this?

    • Is there room for a Pac-Man/Ms. Pac-Man movie along the lines of Mr. and Mrs Smith ( jolie/pitt )?

      That would be awesome….

    • Magic: The Gathering isn’t a video game, it’s a card game. Joking about an UNO movie would’ve applied though :)

  2. Remember that Dungeons and Dragons movie?? Neither do I.

    • When I was a kid who loved nearly every movie thrown at me, I was mad that Marlon Wayans was killed. In other words, I liked it lol. I don’t dare watch it now because I know it’s going to be crinegworthy crap.

    • I do and it still gives me nightmares of how bad a fantasy film can be.

  3. As a long-time Magic player, this is really really encouraging news. They could have easily gotten the writer of Clash of the Titans or something. Trust me, Magic has an incredible backstory and there is a certain saga that spanned more than 6 years of releases to tell that would make a great movie series. Hopefully they don’t screw it up and make MtG look like a bunch of crap.

    • No kidding, I play occasionally and the amount of lore is amazing, it is also not cheesy at all. I hope they go Urza all the way.

      • I would second an Urza and Mishra movie.

    • i very much doubt they will go with the urza saga. they are almost certainly going to tie it to the current plot-line. with a game of thrones writer i hope the return to ravnica (again).

  4. Haven’t played in years, but I remember always thinking MtG would’ve made a great movie series. Between the flavor text on the cards and the novels, they were always great world building stories. I really hope they don’t ruin their chances with this, but it sounds like they’ve got some pretty good talent lined up so far.

  5. It’s exciting to think that we might have some serious, epic fantasy film sagas on the horizon. The world of gaming, video or otherwise, is a great source of potential, so lets hope that this turns out as well as it should.

  6. Then again, it’s Fox..

  7. I’m all for it, though I’e very less knowledge about the game, I love the fantasy genre more than any, and hope that it becomes a hit with many more.

    Comparing to HP and LOTR was a bold move, but based on it, I probably would watch the movie with a lot more of scrutiny.

  8. ?find a niche?

    There’a already several niches these films fit in that do roll out into cinemas now and again
    * Sword and sorcery
    * Videogame movie
    unless RPG/TCG are supposed to be niches of their own, which also appear occasionally (TCG — Pokemon, etc movies) (RPG — endless stream of direct-to-video D&D movies)

  9. never got into dungeons and dragons or magic the gathering…can someone give me a sumamry of what both are about…thanks

    • Magic:
      There are these dudes called planeswalkers.
      Very powerful beings able to walk the planes (dimensions) used in the cardgame.
      They were all humanoid(or similar) once and becames planeswalkers because they had a random spark and after they ascend they simply do what they want.

      Save races, dominate them, fight other planeswalkers or whatever.

      The story is hard to explain because its gigantic, think marvel universe. Theres no central line or focal point besides these planeswalkers and the multiverse.

      Like with Marvel they would have to pick a storyline to make into a movie but there are several good ones ^^

  10. When studios hire writers on popular shows with a similar theme to a movie it used to make me think ok this could be good cause i love game of thrones but when you think about it this writer just translated George RR Martins book to TV script it doesnt really guarantee that he would have the same imagination and creativity as what GRRM put on the game of throne books. So I kind of dont care if he is a GOT writer that doesnt mean anyhting yet now if they got GRRM on the other hand this would excite me but then the movie wont release until 15 years from now cause he hasnt finished writing it lol

  11. M:TG hum? Well unlike mentioned titles like Warcraft, LotR, or Harry Potter, M:TG has no books to follow or even a defined storyline to work with (like Warcraft has). It’s just a huge conglomeration of characters/monsters based around a certain theme for each set (of which there are now something like 70 sets). They could pick just one set and base a movie on that alone.

    So it has it’s good and bad sides. On the good side you have a huge array of characters/plots to choose from to base a movie on so they could go any number of directions. This can also be viewed as a bad thing however because a of lack of focus or direction makes picking a direction for a movie franchise difficult at best.

    On the negative side, the fact that this is based on cards with only a very lose story means not even M:TG players will know what to expect and those unfamiliar with the card game will possibly see this as just another fantasy movie. I admit that seeing a Serra Angel, Sivian Dragon, Dakkon Darkblade, the legendary Uzra or any number of named characters/monsters will make watching for the Easter eggs alone entertaining.

    Will be interesting to see how this unfolds.

    • @mongoose
      Um, you may want to get some more facts on M:TG. It does indeed have books, a lot of books telling the stories of each set that comes out. They’re semi- pricy but good, very good. So don’t behave like you know about the game and its stuff a-like. Its a great game and hopefully a great movie(s).

      • You are right that I needed to get more facts but I sure as hell can behave like I know the game (or at least knew it) because I was heavily involved with it from it’s very beginning until 1996 (the beta Black Lotus I still have will attest to that). Back then there were a few random books out but they really weren’t connected and didn’t tell some grand story. Obviously that changed AFTER I left.

        • funnily enough their biggest overarching story (6 years real time) started right when you left.

  12. Getting a writer from “game of thrones” is quite possibly the only way to get more dicks in magic

  13. Start with something based on ‘Agents of Artifice’-introduces Jace Beleren (a good protagonist), Liliana, Chandra, Ravnica and Nicol Bolas. Go through Alara, Zendikar, Innistrad, Return to Ravnica, Theros and Khans of Tarkir (basically all the modern stuff) ultimately setting up Bolas as the big bad Voldemort-style. Introduce more planeswalkers gradually throughout the films and they’ll be okay. If the Hobbit movies proved anything they proved that the right writer/director and the right effects team can craft a wonderful magical world. Hell, they could set it up like the MCU-different teams working on different films at the same time in order to allow rapid releases.

    All in all, any progress is still progress, and this excites me.