Bryan Cogman is a writer-director who is perhaps best known for his work on Game of Thrones for which he wrote 11 episodes, including some of the series most popular.
Cogman is currently believed to be working with Amazon on the most expensive TV series of all time – the forthcoming The Lord of the Rings series.
Disney canning the Magic: The Gathering film he wrote is technically old news. Months ago we knew that Disney had cancelled every movie Fox had been working on, that wasn’t in pre-production when the House of Mouse completed their takeover.
However, it has taken the circulation of this of 276 cancelled movies for people to start to work through it more carefully rather than talk about the big names which were fresh in memory.
For the Magic: The Gathering film you have to go back five full years. It was in 2014 when Geek Native reported that Simon Kinberg had been brought on to produce a Magic: The Gathering movie.
At the time I noted;
Buying the rights to fantasy IP doesn’t mean a movie is coming but appointing Simon Kinberg is a sign than Fox is doing more than just making sure they have first dibs.
It’s now evident that Fox was unable or unwilling to progress the movie on and it was on the wrong side of the line when Disney’s blade struck.
Netflix’s Magic: The Gathering
The Russo Brothers are believed to be working on an animated Magic: The Gathering for Netflix.
This production is not affected by Disney shuttering all of Fox’s movie plans, and it should go ahead as normal.
In fact, the fact that the Magic: The Gathering film was blocked (for now) by Disney may have actually helped the Netflix project win approval.
A summary of other significant movies from the large 276 list can be found on Reddit.
Do you think Disney did the right thing in calling a halt to all of Fox’s plans and taking the time to reassess the projects?