A TV adaptation of the classic PC game Myst is currently in development reports Deadline. The project is moving along at Village Roadshow Entertainment Group. Ashley David Miller will write the pilot and serve as showrunner. Miller previously wrote the scripts for X-Men: First Class, Thor, and the upcoming remake of Big Trouble in Little China. He has also produced and written for several shows including Fringe and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
Myst is a first-person adventure/puzzle game that originally released on PC in 1993. In it, players control an unnamed character who stumbles upon a book titled Myst, which transports them to the titular mysterious island. There, players must unravel the secrets of this place while venturing into different lands via magical books. It was incredibly inventive at the time and became one of the best-selling PC games ever released. Several sequels and tie-in novels expanded on the lore and story.
Myst was created by brothers Rand and Robyn Miller with their company Cyan. In addition to Village Roadshow, co-creator Rand will produce alongside youngest brother Ryan. Isaac Testerman and Yale Rice from Delve Media will also produce.
Village Roadshow plan on this being a big endeavor. They see Myst as a multi-platform universe that spans movies and TV shows both scripted and unscripted. That may seem like too much pre-planning for a PC series whose last entry released in 2005. But given that there’s already so much lore to adapt there, it may work in their favor.
Myst also points towards a change when it comes to adapting video games. While films have often proved difficult, TV is a different case. Netflix has already seen immense success with its adaptations of The Witcher and Castlevania. A Halo TV series is currently in development at Showtime and The Last of Us will be coming from HBO. Perhaps this is the best way.