Back in the early 90s, two computer programmers changed video gaming forever with the PC release of the original Doom — not the original first-person shooter, but definitely the first mega-popular one. The story of John Carmack and John Romero’s big project was told in Masters of Doom, a biography by David Kushner that has just been picked up for a possible television adaption.
The cable network USA is interested in turning the book into the first season of a proposed anthology series. Presumably this series would dramatize one moment in video game history each month, but we don’t know precisely what they have in mind. What we do know is that the first season would be about the creation of Doom.
Masters of Doom is the true story of two computer geniuses in an obscure corner of America who, along with a group of rebellious misfits, created one of the biggest franchise hits of the 90s, the video game Doom. John Carmack and John Romero were best friends who became bitter rivals, as they created a video game empire and transformed pop culture forever.
Who’s behind this adaption? James Franco (and his brother), heads of the production company Ramona Films.The pilot will be written and executive produced by Tom Bissell, alongside Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Eric Robinson, Jeremy Bell, James Franco, Dave Franco, Vince Jolivette, Elizabeth Haggard, and if that isn’t enough executive producers for some reason, D.J. Goldberg as co-executive producer. They needed just half of one more.
Since the order is just for a pilot, we can’t say for certain that you’ll actually see this series on USA, let alone give you a premiere window. Like ancient faulty demon-monster AI, it may be coming, and it may be not.