According to entertainment site Variety, Legendary Entertainment have come to an agreement with developer Cyan to create a television series based on the hit adventure game Myst. Rand and Robyn Miller, the co-creators behind the game, will have a creative role overseeing the adaptation, meaning that the series will likely remain close to the story of Myst. The report also indicates that Legendary Entertainment have not yet decided how the series will be distributed, leaving the door open to a release through traditional TV sources or on digital platforms such as Netflix and Hulu.
Myst originally launched in 1993 for PC to critical acclaim and was a large commercial success. The large fictional world and deep back story were particularly praised and it is these aspects that have probably led to the game being adapted into a television series. Later, a sequel called Riven was released to similar success. The Later ports have been released for the PlayStation, PSP, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS, although these were less successful than the original title.
The plot of the first title saw players take control of a character known only as the Stranger. Using special books the player was tasked with travelling to different islands to solve puzzles and unravel the mysterious plot and backstory. With multiple sequels, an MMO in the form of Myst Online: Uru and numerous novels, there is plenty of material for the television series to draw from.
Legendary Entertainment are no strangers to adapting video games to other forms of media. They are currently producing a Dead Rising adaptation exclusively for Crackle that will go on to be distributed on streaming platforms as well as home media. In addition, they also are in the concept stages of developing movies based on both the Mass Effect series and Blizzard’s World of Warcraft franchise, though these are not expected to release for several years. The production company has also worked on hit movies such as The Dark Knight, Inception, Godzilla and 300.