I’ve been busy, you’ve been busy; it’s all gotta do with this recession. I’ve been busy at work, busy getting the EDH blog off the ground (I Got 99 Problems But a General Ain’t One), and busy with general life stuff. That happens, you know, but I do have some interesting news to share with you today and it doesn’t have to deal with design, or make with the funnies.
Things are moving on a Magic movie.
Yes, you read that right. In what might be considered the “bigger” news that I’ll talk about on this blog is that currently there is work being done on a Magic movie, by Hollywood; not by your friend’s friend with their Hi8 camcorder and cardboard swords.
Talking it over with the awesome movie blog Pajiba.com, it seems like Hollywood is slowly moving forward with a Magic movie. Since I wrote why we shouldn’t be too excited because the movie can only be a certain way, they are taking it the way that seems the most logical (i.e. profitable): the way of the Lord of the Rings/300 route.
The guy who’s helping put it together is Scott Bernstein at Universal. It was Fox who did X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and X-Men 3, Dragonball, and Big Mama’s House 3, Marmaduke, canceled Arrested Development, Firefly and Dollhouse (ok, that was a different side of the company), and well, fans of Magic really dodged a bullet there. If it was Fox who was making it, we’d most likely get a wacky talking animal sidekick who constantly gets in trouble and has to be saved much to the delight of 5 year olds. You know who I’m talking about.
Mr Bernstien on the other hand has help make such movie as Confidence, Role Models, and (this is the important one here) both Hellboy movies. Sure, Guillermo del Toro came up with the stories and the art and all the stuff, but Mr. Bernstien let him make an arty comic book movie. That bodes well for the Magic movie. I’m not saying it’s going to be good, but at least it’s a step in the right direction.
‘Course, here’s the problem too: The information came from July. Universal bought the rights in early 2008 and the first news about it is a year and a half later. Nothing moves fast in Hollywood unless it’s sequels or movies that teenage girls will love (doubly so if it meets both of those requirements) so that isn’t “bad” news per say. It can sit in development hell for years. This may pick up more steam as time goes on, or this maybe the last we’ve heard of it.
Currently, this is all the info that is available. Done in the style of LotR/300 and the guy who helped make the Hellboy movies is helping this one as well. No script, no story, no actors or directors attached. It’s being developed.
What does all of this mean? Nothing. All it means is that someone, somewhere is thinking about maybe writing a script based about the CCG of Magic: the Gathering while sitting in a Starbucks waiting for people to watch him type. I’ll let you guys know when I hear more.