Fantasy card game to be turned into a movie…

Heat Vision is reporting that 20th Century Fox has acquired the screen rights to the popular role-playing fantasy card game ‘Magic: The Gathering.’

Launched in 1993, ‘Magic’ sees players do battle with cards featuring a host of wizards and creatures, weapons and spells that have various levels of strength. The highly addictive game, which some players refer to as “cardboard crack,” swept comic book shops and schools in the 1990s.

According to the site, Fox has large-scale franchise dreams for the property, similar to the scale of the ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ adaptations.

Fox-based writer-producer Simon Kinberg (‘Star Wars,’ ‘The Fantastic Four,’ ‘X-Men: The First Class,’ ‘Sherlock Holmes’) will oversee development on the adaptation, with Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis co-producing.