A new video game adaptation is emerging from the mist. The iconic video game Myst is being adapted into a TV series by Village Roadshow, which has tapped Thor and X-Men: First Class writer Ashley Edward Miller to pen the pilot and serve as showrunner.
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I’m old enough to remember booting up the family PC and spending hours clicking through the world of Myst, a first-person point-and-click adventure puzzle game originally released in 1993. Hollywood has tried to translate the game’s mesmerizing world to both the big and small screen over the past ten years, first with a planned movie and then with a TV show on Hulu, but nothing came of either attempt.
Now, more than twenty-five years after the first game’s debut, a different company has come along and purchased the rights, so we may end up seeing a Myst movie and TV show after all. But is that world a good fit for those mediums?
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If you played computer games in the 1990’s, then you probably remember Myst, the best-selling adventure puzzle game which took players around a magical island filled with mysterious secrets. Myst was responsible for accelerating the sales of CD-ROM drives and remained the bestselling PC game throughout the 1990s until The Sims exceeded its sales in 2002.
There has been this long-running rumor that Walt Disney Imagineering once considered turning Disney World’s Discovery Island into a Myst theme park. Myst creators, brothers Robyn and Rand Miller, have now confirmed they did work with Disney on a Myst attraction.
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The big hit of CD-ROM gaming from 1993 is coming back to computer screens, but not via a game sequel. Myst, the title which became one of the runaway hits of the early CD-ROM scene and spawned several sequels and many ports, is in development as a TV series from Legendary TV. Now the Myst TV series has a home at Hulu, and we know that Matt Tolmach (The Amazing Spider-Man) is producing with Evan Daugherty (Divergent) writing the script. Read More »
The game Myst was one of the first mega-hits of the CD-Rom wave of gaming in 1993. It spawned sequels, spin-offs and novels, and was a top seller in games for almost a decade. Now Legendary TV has made a deal with Cyan Worlds, the original developer of the game, to develop a Myst TV show and accompanying new video game. The two projects won’t merely be parallel story concepts, however, as Cyan wants to make a truly interactive pair of new Myst stories, in which audiences can play the game on tablets while watching the show. Read More »
MYST, the top selling computer adventure game franchise of all-time, wouldn’t seem to be a likely candidate for a film adaptation. As popular as it is, the format of the games—a non-linear narrative requiring you to explore and progress through mysterious environments by pointing-and-clicking—doesn’t conveniently lend itself to the film medium.
But has that ever stopped anyone in Hollywood before?
Partnered with producers Hunt Lowry (Duma, The Last of the Mohicans) and Mark Johnson (Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, The Chronicles of Narnia), Mysteria Film Group has optioned the rights for MYST for a live-action film. Learn more after the break. Read More »