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20th Century Fox Adapting Magic: The Gathering

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Magic: The Gathering, the card game in which that one table in the lunch room cafeteria seemed to play religiously (okay I was part of that table for a while, not ashamed) is being adapted into a feature film. According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Fox has optioned the film rights to the card game with Simon Kinberg providing the screenplay.

The collectible card game was originally launched in 1993 by Wizards of the Coast (which is now owned by Hasbro). Magic: The Gathering is set in n a realm inhabited by Wizards known as Planeswalkers. Using five different colors of magic, players do battle with one another using customized card decks that contain creatures, spells, artifacts and other fantasy elements. The game was so popular in the 1990’s that it helped launch an immense wave of CCG popularity.

There is no word yet regarding what the plot will follow or what talent is being eyed for the project.

Kinberg is most known for his work on X-Men: First Class. Stephen Davis, Brian Goldner and Greg Leeds will produce Magic: The Gathering with Josh Feldman and Aditya Sood serving as executive producers.

Magic continues to thrive, with approximately twelve million players as of 2011. Magic can be played by two or more players each using a deck of printed cards or a deck of virtual cards through the Internet-based Magic: The Gathering Online or third-party programs.

Fox in Talks to Pick Up James Frey’s “Endgame”

 

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The James Frey YA novel, “Endgame,” has been preemptively picked up for a film adaptation by 20th Century Fox. “Endgame” is the first novel completely written by Frey since the author launched his intellectual property company, Full Fathom Five, in 2009.

The novel is intended to be a series and will be published by Harper Collins. Any deal is likely to be in the seven figures and will include Frey writing the screenplay.

Currently, the plot for “Endgame” is being kept under wraps, although it was described as Hunger Games-like in tone by several sources.

Frey’s Full Fathom Five is intended to be a multiplatform IP generator and saw the author co-create works using a factory-like approach of hiring others to co-write the books. The Lorien Legacies, also known as the I Am Number Four book series, is the company’s highest profile issue.

But with Endgame, Frey will be the sole credited writer.

Frey is most known for the novel, “A Million Little Pieces” and the scandal that surrounded it. The best-selling writer’s fame was tarnished after allegations arose that certain elements were exaggerated in his memoirA Million Little Pieces.

Fox Options “Influx” For Film

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20th Century Fox has officially optioned the novel “Influx” by Daniel Suarez for the big screen, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter. The novel, which releases in stores on February 20, is officially described as follows:

Are smart phones really humanity’s most significant innovation since the moon landings? Or can something else explain why the bold visions of the 20th century—fusion power, genetic enhancements, artificial intelligence, cures for common disease, extended human lifespan, and a host of other world-changing advances—have remained beyond our grasp? Why has the high-tech future that seemed imminent in the 1960’s failed to arrive?

Perhaps it did arrive… but only for a select few.

Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they’ve been working toward for years: a device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics—the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring. This Bureau of Technology Control uses the advanced technologies they have harvested over the decades to fulfill their mission.

They are living in our future.

Presented with the opportunity to join the BTC and improve his own technology in secret, Grady resists, and is instead thrown into a nightmarish high-tech prison built to hold rebellious geniuses like himself. With so many great intellects confined together, can Grady and his fellow prisoners conceive of a way to usher humanity out of its artificial dark age?

And if they do, is it possible to defeat an enemy that wields a technological advantage half a century in the making?

Currently, no one is attached to the production of Influx as of yet.

20th Century Fox Plans Murder on the Orient Express Adaptation

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Agatha Christie’s iconic mystery novel, “Murder on the Orient Express” has been picked up by 20th Century Fox for a new big screen adaptation. The novel was previously famously adapted for film by Sidney Lumet in 1974 with Albert Finney in the Poirot role.

“Murder on the Orient Express” was originally published in 1934 and is the tenth Christie story to follow her iconic French detective Hercule Poirot. On her official site, the book is described as follows:

A group of passengers trapped on the Orient Express in a snow storm with a murdered body and a Belgian detective to keep them company: Murder on the Orient Express is one of Agatha Christie’s most famous stories. It’s an intricate mystery revolving around a group of characters cut off from the world and Poirot exhibits not only the power of his little grey cells but his concern and compassion for humanity.

A modernized take on the story was developed for television in 2001 with Alfred Molina playing the part. Most recently (in 2010), a second small screen version saw David Suchet reprising his ongoing performance as Poirot.

The project is moving forward with Simon Kinberg, Mark Gordon and Ridley Scott producing. No writer or director is currently attached and it is noted by the trade that Scott is looking to serve only as producer.

The Kingkiller Chronicle Heading To Television

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If you haven’t read the firs two books of The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss (and you loved A Song of Ice and Fire) then you are missing out on what is surely to join the ranks as one of the best fantasy trilogies of our time. And following the way of “Game of Thrones,” The Kingkiller Chronicle are heading to television. Deadline announced that 20th Century Fox has officially optioned the television rights of the incomplete trilogy to develop and ongoing series.  Continue reading

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Fox Hires Creative Consultant Mark Millar for Marvel Films

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When you are Mark Millar, a down economy and general lack of jobs isn’t really a problem. 20th Century Fox has just officially hired the comic book writer behind such books as The Authority, Ultimate Fantastic Four, Civil War, Wanted, and Kick-Ass, as their new creative consultant for upcoming Marvel projects. That’s good news for comic book movie fans.

Millar’s first assignments will be to work with Fox on developing “new avenues” for The X-Men and The Fantastic Four.

Production President Emma Watts reported, “We are excited to be working with Mark. In addition to his groundbreaking Marvel work, he is simply one of the most original voices in comics today and will be an invaluable resource to us and to our filmmakers as we look for fresh opportunities to innovate within our shared Marvel universe.”

Current upcoming films for the studio are The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of the Future Past, and a new Fantastic Four reboot. If you thought comic book movies were losing steam, you may want to reconsider.

The Wolverine stalled for a while with bad weather in Japan, but it seems like things are now full steam ahead for the Hugh Jackman starrer, being directed by James Mangold.

As for X-Men: Days of the Future Past, this is the title of the uber exciting new sequel to X-Men: First Class. i can’t tell you how ground breaking this film may be, as the young Xavier and his team see what their dark futures may hold. Matthew Vaughn is still at the helm on that project.

Now, it has been some time since Fantastic Four made a cinematic peep, but when newcomer Josh Trank made waves with his film, Chronicle, Fox promised him a shot at a reboot and they are making good on that promise.

The following statement was a part of Millar’s response to his new post.

As someone who has spent his entire life obsessed with both comic-books and movies, this is essentially my dream gig as it’s a unique combination of both,” stated Millar. “I spent ten years working at Marvel and am really happy with the work I did on the comic side of things so the idea of working with these characters now in a brand new medium is enormously exciting for me. I really like the Fox team, love this bold new direction they have for their franchises and am proud to be working alongside some of modern cinema’s biggest talents. James Mangold is incredible, Matthew Vaughn’s one of my closest pals and Josh Trank gave us, in my opinion, one of the greatest superhero movies of the last decade with Chronicle. The invitation to join this crew was maybe the coolest phone-call I’ve ever had.”

Millar’s newest titles are The Secret Service, Superior, and Nemesis. Nemesis is already being looked at as a new adaptation for Fox. Kick-Ass 2 is currently shooting in London and Toronto, starring Jim Carrey and Chris Mintz-Plasse. Yes, you read that right. Jim Carrey is involved. Universal wants to develop the War Heroes series with Mike DeLuca as a producer. The Secret Service, which was co-created with Watchmen genius Dave Gibbons, and X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn, is also in development. See, it is very good to be Mark Millar. 20th Century Fox Film is of course one of the world’s largest producers and distributors of motion pictures. They’ll make a fine pair.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Announces Special Screening For Navy

20th Century Fox took advantage of the holiday last weekend and released a new trailer for Timur Bekmambetov’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter on Memorial Day. The video gives fans a look at weaponry and numerous slayings over a recital of the president’s Gettysburg Address.

This is the third and final trailer to be released for the film. Fox also announced that there will be a special screening of the film for the sailors aboard the Navy aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in June.

Cast members Benjamin Walker, Anthony Mackie and Erin Wasson are scheduled to attend the event, as well as Bekmambetov, screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith and producer Jim Limley.

We’re very excited that 20th Century Fox and Navy Entertainment wanted to provide ABE’s crew the opportunity to preview the new Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter movie while we’re out here on deployment,” Capt. John D. Alexander, Commanding Officer of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) said in a press release. “We’re extremely fortunate that the studio wants to give us an early showing. It’s something that we’ve never experienced before on this ship, and we’re extremely grateful for their willingness to share this with our sailors.”

Walker said he is looking forward to meeting the sailors, and hopes they enjoy the event.

I hope it brings them excitement, goodwill and a taste of home,” he said.

Lemley commented how he is pleased and proud to have such an opportunity.

We hope they enjoy our film and know how much everyone in the United States appreciates their service,” he said.

The cast and filmmakers are also scheduled to attend two other special screenings events at undisclosed locations, according to Ace Showbiz.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter will be in theaters June 22.

View the newest trailer below:

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is based on the novel of the same name written by Seth Grahame-Smith who also wrote the screenplay for the film. It was released on March 2, 2010, through New York–based publishing company Grand Central Publishing.

Several of the authors other novels are also on their way to the big screen including Pride and Prejudice and Zombies which was optioned by Lionsgate Entertainment, with Natalie Portman producing, and David O. Russell adapting and directing. Grahame-Smith is also attached as a producer for this project. It also been reported that his new novel, Unholy Night will be adapted in the future.

Tim Burton to Judge Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Art Competition for 20th Century Fox

Are you anticipating the new Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter big screen adaptation? If so, and you have some ideas for posters of your own, you might just impress Tim Burton enough to win a private midnight screening in your hometown.

20th Century Fox has challenged fans to depict their allegiance to either our 16th President, or the villainous vampires he tried to protect us from. The top five entries will be presented to the famous director, who will then pick the grand-prize winner.

Fans can also vote on submissions or view and share the artwork to help pick the best candidates.

All styles of art are encouraged including cartoon, photo, paint, sculpture, graphic design, etc. Whether your submission is real or imagined they leave the interpretations up to you, the artist.

CONTEST RULES

  • Submit your own pro-patriot or pro-vampire artwork to the gallery at www.Facebook.com/Vampirehunter
  • All Submissions due by May 12, 2012
  • Popular vote will decide the top five finalists
  • The winning finalists will be selected by Tim Burton
  • One Grand Prize Winner will receive a private midnight screening
  • Four runner-ups will receive a Tim Burton signed movie poster

Josh Trank Eyed For Fantastic Four Reboot

Another superhero reboot is in the works from 20th Century Fox. I know what your are thinking, “How can they keep rebooting things when its only been a few years since the first reboot?”, but somehow they keep doing it and it remains relatively successful. Variety recently reported that more news regarding the reboot of the Fantastic Four casting as come out. Continue reading