Film Adaptation in the Works Popular PC Game MYST
Published: September 30, 2010 - 8:41am
A live action film treatment is being planned for MYST. The game, developed by Cyan Worlds, spawned four sequels and the entire series has sold over five hundred million units and continues to be the biggest selling adventure game ever.
Adrian Vanderbosch and Isaac Testerman of Mysteria Film Group acquired the rights from Cyan Worlds. They are partnering with producers Hunt Lowry and Mark Johnson. They are actively looking for a writer at this point before shopping it to a studio. "Our aim with this project is to stretch the genres it operated within, much like the source material did," Vanderbosch said. "It is such an innovative property and by utilizing the novels as our primary resource, we have the opportunity to offer audiences the essence of MYST without being limited only to the famous island of the first game. Our focus has always been on creating an entirely new visual experience driven by engaging characters and an epic narrative."
The first challenge for MYST, unlike most video game adaptations, will be to expand on the atmospheric experience that made it so popular.
The filmmakers will draw the plot from the mythology within the games, as well as a trilogy of companion novels Cyan Worlds published around them. Players enter a highly atmospheric world and solve a series of puzzles that unlock secrets to this mysterious world. Players can liberate characters trapped inside of books, but have to decide which ones are good and evil. The goal of players was to return to Myst Island and rescue its owner from his imprisonment inside one of the books. The novels provided clues to the backstory of the island the curious civilization known as the D'ni and the infinite number of worlds they could create and control. Cory Lanier and Tom Williams will be co-producers.