Why We Shouldn’t Want a Magic Movie

One word: Awesome

I was thinking about this on my way home from work yesterday. With G.I. Joe releasing it’s own movie on Friday, other Hasbro property and games are in the works to be made into movie. Monopoly is being made by Ridely Scott (Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven), a Michael Bay produced Ouija Board movie, a Candy Land family movie, a Stretch Armstrong Movie by Steve Oedekerk (Kung Pow: Enter the Fist), and a View-Master movie (If you don’t know what it is ask your older siblings or your parents) are all movies being made right now. Does Magic really need a movie?

The way I see it, there are three ways to make a Magic movie: Do it all in the Multi-verse, have someone go from our universe to the multi-verse, or have people play in tournaments. Each of them all have their setbacks as you’re going to have backlash if you choose one of these over the other. Let’s look at the possibilities.

The movie is set in the Multi-verse.

So, you’ve got a property that some people know but to everyone who doesn’t know what Magic is, it looks like another Lord of the Rings/Harry Potter ripoff. You’ve got wizards casting magic spells, you’ve got goblins and elves and zombies all doing battle with each other. The Magic brand does not have several New York Times bestseller books to its name like LotR and Harry Potter does so it doesn’t have the mass appeal like those two did. Even Eragon had some books behind it and it was just a re-hash of A New Hope but in a fantasy setting and no one saw it. Continue reading “Why We Shouldn’t Want a Magic Movie”