'Inside HBO's Game of Thrones' Author To Write Script For 'Magic: The Gathering' Movie
By Tanya Diente | June 16, 2014 6:13 PM EST
With the success of "Game of Thrones," it is inevitable that Bryan Cogman, its producer, story editor and author of "Inside HBO's Game of Thrones," will soon be taking over the fantasy realm in features. Cogman has been hired by Fox to write the script for the movie adaptation of ''Magic: The Gathering."
Cast member Peter Dinklage arrives for the season four premiere of the HBO series "Game of Thrones" in New York in this March 18, 2014, file photo. The blood-filled finale of the fourth season of HBO's fantasy series "Game of Thrones" was watched by 7.1 million viewers, the network said on Monday, topping the 5.4 million people who watched last season's closing episode.
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A Deadline report said the new movie will have an adaptation under 20th Century Fox. The report added "Game of Thrones'" Cogman has been hired by Fox to work alongside Simon Kinberg (X-Men, Fantastic Four) in developing the story.
According to the report, Fox acquired the rights to turn "Magic: The Gathering" into a possible movie franchise under the production of Hasbro, which bought the company in 1999, and Fox-based Producer Simon Kinberg. The producers and Bryan Cogman have such a huge fantasy world to play with and the studio hopes to turn it into an epic franchise like "Lord of the Rings," Geektyrant cited.
Cogman, according to Wikipedia, has written five episodes for "Game of Thrones." In Season 1, he wrote "Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things." In Season 2, he drafted "What Is Dead May Never Die and in Season 3 "Kissed by Fire." In Season 4, he wrote two episodes, "Oathkeeper" and "The Laws of Gods and Men," which had Tyrion Lannister up on a trial, The Verge reported.
He was also the author of "Inside HBO's Game of Thrones," featuring a preface by "A Song of Ice and Fire" Author George R.R. Martin.
Although work he has started on ''Magic: The Gathering," an actual film is still a ways out, The Verge reported. There's no director attached to the movie yet and it seems like Fox is also in no hurry to get "Magic: The Gathering" on the big screen. Still, a fantasy movie from a "Game of Thrones" writer is apparently an interesting prospect.
"Magic: The Gathering" is a fantasy based card game introduced in 1993 by Wizards of the Coast. It became a raging geek success and hatched a collectible-trading-card-game movement, Deadline reported.
The new movie consists of several races of humans and creatures that vary in strength. The players use special weapons and magic spells with these characters to battle each other.
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