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Fox to turn 'Magic: The Gathering' into next big movie franchise

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On Jan. 13, The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that 20th Century Fox had acquired the screen rights to the popular "Magic: The Gathering" trading card game series, with plans on making it their next big series of movies.

Fox plans to take the popular Hasbro trading card game and build a massive movie franchise, similar to the "Star Wars" and "Lord of the Rings" series. Fox has recruited writer-producer Simon Kinberg to produce the adaptation, as well as oversee the franchise's historic move from the tabletop to the big screen. Kinberg has also worked as both a writer and producer for several of the popular "X-Men" movies, including the all-new "X-Men: Days of Future Past," which is set to hit theaters this May.

"Magic: The Gathering," which began hitting comic book shops in 1993, pits two players against each other in a duel of wizards, commonly referred to as "landwalkers." Using decks that contain cards of various creatures and weapons, the wizards do battle with each other until one wizard is unable to continue the fight. Over 12 million players around the world enjoy playing the card game each year, using decks that utilize over 13,000 different cards, with some of the series' more valuable cards going into the price range of nearly $3,000 on eBay.