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Hasbro names Game of Thrones writer to pen Magic: The Gathering script

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In yet another sign that Wizards of the Coast is taking the transmedia potential of its game franchises very seriously, Deadline reported yesterday that 20th Century Fox has hired Game of Thrones producer, story editor and writer Bryan Cogman to pen the "Magic: The Gathering" film script.

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Fans of HBO's Game of Thrones know Cogman from the episodes he wrote for the series, including season one's “Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things," season two's “What Is Dead May Never Die," season three's “Kissed By Fire” and in season four, “Oathkeeper” and “The Laws of Gods and Men."

Magic: The Gathering is the popular collectible card game that has experienced a resurgence despite being long in the tooth in both print and digital formats. WOTC has previously tried to combine Magic: The Gathering with its acquired brand, Dungeons & Dragons, with little success.

The studio has enlisted Simon Kinberg, the Fox-based writer-producer shepherding the X-Men and Fantastic Four universes at the studio, as the producer back in January of this year. Following the format established by Marvel for its comics, WOTC executives will be involved. Executive producers include Hasbro CEOs Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis, Wizards of the Coast president Greg Leeds, and Kinberg's key execs from Genre Films, Aditya Sood and Josh Feldman.

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