It's Finally Happening - Myst The Movie is Now in the Works!
I will never forget the months of my youth that I spent, often frustrated, scouring the mysterious island from Myst. I knew, even back then, that they would one day turn it into a movie, I just didn't think it would take 17+ years. Deadline reports that producers Hunt Lowry (A Time to Kill, Cypher) and Mark Johnson (Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, Chronicles of Narnia) have partnered with Adrian Vanderbosch and Isaac Testerman of Mysteria Film to acquire the rights to the Myst series from Cyan Worlds to develop into a live-action feature. After hitting shelves in 1993, Myst has gone on to become the biggest selling adventure game ever.
The producers haven't even hired a writer for the adaptation yet, but are actively looking for one to develop the project. They're hope, oddly enough (you will see why), is to establish a distinctive world from the Myst mythology (that expands beyond the initial island from the first game) similar to Chronicles of Narnia (that's where it's odd). Personally, I'm hoping this turns out a lot better than the Narnia films. They add:
"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."
Despite my love for the first and second games, which I played fervently until I reached the end, I never got deep into the mythology or the novels that they're talking about. One focus of the film will be the influence of a human who enters Myst and inadvertently brings down the civilization. The mythology in the games focuses on a civilization known as the D'ni and the infinite number of worlds they could create and control. Myst the game puts the player in the role of the Stranger, who uses a special book to travel to the island of Myst. There, the player uses other special books written by an artisan and explorer named Atrus to travel to several worlds and rescue its owner from his imprisonment inside one of the books. Yea, it's quite crazy.
Simply the fact that I can vividly remember all of the words and the crazy island from the first game is proof that it has the potential to be incredible. I want to see a Myst movie, I just want to see it done well. However, I'd rather see them making comparisons to the atmosphere in Pirates of the Caribbean (Gore Verbinski) or The Road (John Hillcoat) rather than Chronicles of Narnia, since that just doesn't work. I think this has the potential to be an amazing movie (or franchise if done right), they just need to find the right filmmakers and get a good budget to pull it off. We'll definitely be following this closely. Any other Myst fans out there?