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PC mystery game Myst to get the big screen treatment

Sep. 30, 2010by:

Wow, of all the years thinking about how awesome various video game movies could be if done right, I never once considered MYST. I played the popular PC puzzle game a lot when I was younger, but I was so young that I needed a strategy guide to even come close to beating it.

But I do remember the game for what it was, haunting, mysterious and riveting and I think it could actually make a great movie. It's not constrained by the typical high flying action that MUST accompany most video game movies, and often makes them cartoonish, and I think it might be a really smart film if handled properly.

So who is handling it? According to Deadline: "Producers Hunt Lowry and Mark Johnson have partnered with Adrian Vanderbosch and Isaac Testerman of Mysteria Film Group. Mysteria got the rights from game developers Cyan Worlds." Johnson was also the producer of the Narnia series, and you may view that as a good or bad thing, I'm sort of split myself.

The film will draw on not just the first games, but its sequels and the accompanying novels that went along with them. It's certainly going to be tricky to adapt, and I'm very curious to see how they go about it. Just keep Nicholas Cage away from it please.

Extra Tidbit: Go here to listen to the soundtrack, it'll take you back.
Source: Deadline

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7:21AM on 10/01/2010
??? Interesting idea, but how do you make a movie based on a game that had next to no characters? Your character was even in first person view! I know they better not screw up on the soundtrack, and the visuals!
??? Interesting idea, but how do you make a movie based on a game that had next to no characters? Your character was even in first person view! I know they better not screw up on the soundtrack, and the visuals!
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10:57PM on 09/30/2010
Fantastic game that could turn into a fantastic movie. Fingers crossed.
Fantastic game that could turn into a fantastic movie. Fingers crossed.
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7:42PM on 09/30/2010
Can we get Christian Bale and Nolan for this?
Can we get Christian Bale and Nolan for this?
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5:06PM on 09/30/2010

I only hope

they can capture the boredom of the original game.
they can capture the boredom of the original game.
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3:49PM on 09/30/2010

Meh.

Not to be a nay-sayer, but this is really about 15 years too late. When was the last time you heard anyone talk about Myst? I enjoyed the first game, but really, there are way better properties out there not being exploited.
Why not a Zork movie? Or The Pawn! Or Bard's Tale? As long as we're digging up old bones... your average 20 yr old hasn't played any of 'em! Box-office gold!
Not to be a nay-sayer, but this is really about 15 years too late. When was the last time you heard anyone talk about Myst? I enjoyed the first game, but really, there are way better properties out there not being exploited.
Why not a Zork movie? Or The Pawn! Or Bard's Tale? As long as we're digging up old bones... your average 20 yr old hasn't played any of 'em! Box-office gold!
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3:02PM on 09/30/2010
Whatever brings us closer to a Day of the Tentacle or Sam and Max movie.
Whatever brings us closer to a Day of the Tentacle or Sam and Max movie.
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2:45PM on 09/30/2010
I played the games (cheated profusely) and read the books. The mythology is rich and ripe to be explored. I'm game.
I played the games (cheated profusely) and read the books. The mythology is rich and ripe to be explored. I'm game.
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1:51PM on 09/30/2010

Oh yeah...I remember....

It's that game that had a choppy frame-rate that bugged the fuck out of me even though I had upgraded my memory and video card. Yay!
It's that game that had a choppy frame-rate that bugged the fuck out of me even though I had upgraded my memory and video card. Yay!
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1:41PM on 09/30/2010
I think it would do better as a TV movie followed by a TV series on the sci fi channel. Put the Director and Producers of Battlestar Galactica remake and it would be amazing. Riven is one helluva game.
I think it would do better as a TV movie followed by a TV series on the sci fi channel. Put the Director and Producers of Battlestar Galactica remake and it would be amazing. Riven is one helluva game.
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1:34PM on 09/30/2010
This is tremendously exciting, BUT. It has to be done in some way that it makes sense AND has cinematic appeal, all while (most important of all) FEELING LIKE THE GAME.

I would personally have some mysterious traveler serve as a sort of "avatar" for the audience, who doesn't know how he (she?) got there or anything, but by piecing together the mysteries left on the island, he'll (she'll?) start figuring everything else out. I would go with that approach, rather than utilizing the prequel
This is tremendously exciting, BUT. It has to be done in some way that it makes sense AND has cinematic appeal, all while (most important of all) FEELING LIKE THE GAME.

I would personally have some mysterious traveler serve as a sort of "avatar" for the audience, who doesn't know how he (she?) got there or anything, but by piecing together the mysteries left on the island, he'll (she'll?) start figuring everything else out. I would go with that approach, rather than utilizing the prequel novels (which is unfortunately what I'm sure they'll do).

And yet even with all that naysaying and uncertainties, am I hip to this news? F*ck YEAH I am!!!
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1:12PM on 09/30/2010
I think this deserves a hearty lolwut?
I think this deserves a hearty lolwut?
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12:29PM on 09/30/2010
I barely got anywhere in this game. And it was so acclaimed and beloved I wondered what I was doing wrong. But absolutely, the format of the game offers up a lot of interesting ideas and puzzles without really requiring a certain type of action to accompany it. In all honesty, I'm surprised it's taken them this long to option it. I am at least curious to see what they do with it.
I barely got anywhere in this game. And it was so acclaimed and beloved I wondered what I was doing wrong. But absolutely, the format of the game offers up a lot of interesting ideas and puzzles without really requiring a certain type of action to accompany it. In all honesty, I'm surprised it's taken them this long to option it. I am at least curious to see what they do with it.
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12:22PM on 09/30/2010

WOW

Big time flashback...I haven't played Myst in 15 years...memories...
Big time flashback...I haven't played Myst in 15 years...memories...
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12:18PM on 09/30/2010
the games were great, i remember playing them with a buddy of mine, we use to spend hours without end playing it, it was awesome.
i think it has the potential to become a great series of movies, so, letīs just wait and see.
the games were great, i remember playing them with a buddy of mine, we use to spend hours without end playing it, it was awesome.
i think it has the potential to become a great series of movies, so, letīs just wait and see.
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12:16PM on 09/30/2010
Based off the picture, it looks like it could be a great movie.
Based off the picture, it looks like it could be a great movie.
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