Legendary TV and Digital Media just made a deal to turn one of the most popular computer games of all time into a TV series, Myst. It’s being reported that Legendary just inked a deal with Cyan Worlds to develop a show as well as a companion video game to go along with it.
The 1993 release is a first-person game that requires the user to explore the island of Myst as an unnamed player known as the Stranger. There’s no instructions, dialogue or death in Myst. I didn’t get into it as much as others, but I do remember it feeling much more like an immersive experience than a game with a definitive beginning and end. Hit the jump for more on the Myst TV show.
Myst is nonlinear, but according to Deadline, Cyan noted that this opportunity will finally give the company the chance to “express in a visual linear medium the rich story that the Myst franchise is dripping with.” The company stated the following:
“Cyan’s goal in working with Legendary is not just to create a compelling TV drama but to develop a true transmedia product that will include a companion video game that extends the story across both media.”
Cyan also pointed out:
“Seventy percent of tablet owners use their device while watching TV at least several times a week. Cyan sees the potential to push the boundaries of interactive storytelling to a new level.”
Producers Hunt Lowry and Mark Johnson acquired the rights to turn Myst into a movie back in 2010, but since, we haven’t heard a single thing about their efforts.
Here’s the official synopsis for Myst the game:
Alone on a mysterious island, you set out to explore its grandeur and mystery. Here, a chilling tale of intrigue and injustice, defying all boundaries of space and time, is being told. Summon your wits and imagination about you. Every scrap of paper and ambient sound may provide the vital clues that allow hidden secrets to unravel before you. Each discovery you make and each puzzle you solve will lead you one step closer to reversing a wrong that has gone unchecked for ages.