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Will The Producers Of DONNIE DARKO and THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA Films Finally Get A MYST Movie Made??

Published at: Oct. 1, 2010, 10:36 a.m. CST

Merrick here...
This really should've been posted yesterday - I was waiting to receive a fun write-up from some MYST-fanatic friends who, well, didn't deliver the goods. The road to hell... This news is still quite valid anyway, so here ya go. We've been hearing for a while that a feature film adaptation of the MYST games (available HERE) was feasible at some point, but nothing ever seemed to come of it. Many years of sputters and/or nothingness. Maybe that'll change now that Hunt Lowry (producer of Michael Mann's LAST OF THE MOHICANS, DONNIE DARKO, and A TIME TO KILL) and Mark Johnson (THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA films, GALAXY QUEST) are teaming up with Adrian Vanderbosch and Isaac Testerman - aka Mysteria Film Group, holders of MYST's film rights - in the hopes of at long last actualizing a MYST motion picture. As much of MYST's impact comes from its highly atmospheric and exploratory nature, adapting it to the big screen will be easy in some ways (there's already a lot of rich design and style in the game to build from) and challenging in others (there's no hard-driving narrative in the to fall back on when adapting the whole). Deadline says "The filmmakers will draw the plot from the mythology within the games, as well as a trilogy of companion novels Cyan Worlds published around them. [EDIT] One focus of the film will be the influence of a human who entered Myst and inadvertently brought down the civilization." The original MYST game appeared in 1993, and was followed by multiple sequels (RIVEN, MYST III: EXILE, MYST IV: REVELATION , and most recently MYST V: END OF AGES. Although the games themselves are many years old, Ubisoft's MYST site is still online and contains further resources for your consideration. The news section hasn't been updated since October 2006 - maybe someone oughta look into that before trying to convince investors that this is a viable property. I mean, I think it is a viable commodity...but a heinously out of date website doesn't exactly assert as much.

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  • Oct. 1, 2010, 10:37 a.m. CST

    87 Days of the AICN Boycott Left

    by James_Joyce

    D.Vader Forever!

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 10:45 a.m. CST

    The Narnia movies

    by D o o d

    are terrible movies. They're a great example of how to take a really good book and then butcher it! So if those guys are thinking of making a Myst movie then I'm sure it will be rubbish!

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Page not updated since 2006

    by jimbojones123

    Too funny.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 10:49 a.m. CST

    MYST!? No wai!

    by DrGoodspeed

    Can they do solitaire next?

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 10:51 a.m. CST

    So, the boycott include actively posting?

    by jimbojones123

    So confused.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Bring me the Red Pages!

    by Dasinfogod

    re: Joyce's "Boycott" To quote Inigo Montoya, "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." <br /> In any event, the plot is too thin for a Myst movie and it is a good ten years beyond relevance. Would be better off as a SyFy movie of the week or a Hallmark Channel miniseries produced by the Halmis at this point...

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Only boycott related

    by James_Joyce

    And only 1 or 2 posts per thread max.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Pour Quoi?!! Pour Quoi?!!

    by tlsonata

    Why are we even investing time into games no one gives a shit about anymore when there are properties like Bioshock and Halo hanging in the void with nary a pulse. Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of the old school games, but only as games. Myst was influential for it's time, but we've all moved on. If we're looking for old games to mine, what about Grim Fandango? That I'd actually give a shit about.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 11:05 a.m. CST

    I played myst back in the day..

    by emeraldboy

    it wrecked my head but I got through it. I think. bought myst 2 and crashed it 3 times after I Installed it on my intel pc.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 11:07 a.m. CST

    boycot..

    by emeraldboy

    means to shun.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Check it out.....

    by DA_CHOPPAH

    http://tinyurl.com/342xzv7

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 11:08 a.m. CST

    it also means that you dont into certain shops..

    by emeraldboy

    or that you dont use certain websites.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Epic Citadel on IPad and iPhone with the unreal 3 engine.

    by UltraTron

    So why isn't every major game company producing ps3 quality games for those platforms? In fact the iPad could easily be the #1 videogame console of all time with the right developer behind it. Oh and I've been playing these videogames my whole life but have no interest in passively watching a movie based on them- FYI

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST

    I know this site hates lucas...

    by emeraldboy

    but when it comes to games the lucasarts created some of the best games of all time. I loved monkey island. Played all the games and couldnt get finish part 5.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Wow! This is really cool news!

    by Antechamber

    I hope this gets made and they bring on the original game creators the Millers on as consultants. This has the potential to be the first good video game adaptation, well this and Bioshock.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 11:13 a.m. CST

    http://www.lemonparty.org/

    by Daniel2010

    I found the site Harry visits in his spare time.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Head over to AINT IT CHOPPAH NEWS

    by SON_OF_THE_CHOPPAH

    youhavebeenchopped.wordpress.com

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 11:28 a.m. CST

    BLAAAHHRRGGH!!! Lemon party is image from 9th

    by UltraTron

    circle of hell! Do not look!

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Freshness date

    by simndermot

    The freshness of this news is directly related to the freshness of the game. This was reported days ago on other sites.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Myst: The Remake

    by shortshirt

    DidnĀ“t we already see Myst on TV? As far as I remember it was a little series called "Lost".

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 11:52 a.m. CST

    LucasArts sucks at making games

    by D o o d

    They're such an arrogant organisation that they can't make good movies or games. Force Unleashed was such a failure and whatever happened to the Indiana Jones game..?? I'll tell you what happened, Uncharted2 is what happened. Bigger and better!

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Please kick Devin to the curb.

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    It will be for the best in the long run.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Myst left a big impact on me back in the day.

    by sweeneydave

    Almost like the strong memory you get from certain smells. I remember late nights in my dads study, glued to the computer with my headphones on. I was completely immersed. And it was so creepy with the sounds of running water and a whole world created by someone by no life anywhere. I miss that world.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Does anyone remember The Dig?

    by sweeneydave

    It was a computer game produced by Spielberg and had Robert Patrick doing voicework. That game had awesome sound and music. It was kinda like the Abyss but with more aliens.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Can't wait for this

    by FutureBanhammerVictim

    If it's just like the game, it will be a 60 hour film from first person perspective that's mostly silent (other than the occasional muttering of "why can't I figure out this damn puzzle?!"

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Could be good but it wont.

    by Anita Hummer

    The only good game moveis are Lara Croft. Super Mario Brothers, please.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Based on the Book of Ti'ana

    by FuzzyPuffin

    The Deadline article is terrible, and makes it seem that this is going to be based on the games. It's not. They are basing it off of the second (and best, IMO) Myst novel, Book of Ti'ana, which is simply terrific. The Myst books are terrific novels in their own right, not just "OK" computer game books. They would make one hell of a movie trilogy. I'm not sure what the point of mentioning that a Myst website for the games hasn't been updated since 2006 is. It doesn't mean anything. That's when Myst V came out, and game websites rarely get updated much longer after a game release. If you want to follow Adrian Vanderbosch and Isaac Testerman, their site is www.mystmovie.com (and the active myst community is at www.urulive.com, the home of Cyan's open source Myst MMO.) It's clear from their posts that they are huge myst fans and they know what they are doing, so my fingers are crossed for the best.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Wow -- I read about this several days ago...

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    ...on Yahoo. <p>Why the wait, AICN? </p> But, yes, I think that MYST would make a fantastic movie!

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 2:10 p.m. CST

    D. Vader would never...

    by billyhitchcock1

    ...DONNIE DARKO and THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA!

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Yea that's a good point about the project's viability

    by Bass Ackwards

    Most other game's website have a team of developers continually updating it 5 years after the game has been released. These Myst guys really need to wake up.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Pyst.

    by Dingbatty

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Myst Storyline is VERY SIMILIAR to Lost

    by A G

    It has a mysterious island with a secret backstory about two demi-god brothers...

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 3:05 p.m. CST

    87

    by Virginia_Woolf

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Lindelof

    by Niaiserie

    has actually said he took a lot of influence from Myst when approaching Lost.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 3:51 p.m. CST

    FUCKING ROCKETSHIP

    by pushthebuttonmax

    HOW DOES IT OPEN?

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Hey, Merrick...

    by DeweyOxburger

    Struzan book contest results? Maybe? Please?

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Loved Myst

    by Longtime Lurker

    Got me into 3d in a serious way. Also, for those who've not yet heard, Stephen J. Cannell has died. Complications from melanoma. Sad :(

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 5:18 p.m. CST

    "Viable property"? OF COURSE IT IS!

    by Darkplanet

    If Hollywood can't see the potential in a Myst movie franchise, they are truly fucking idiots. It could easily out-scale most of the fantasy crap in development.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Fuck Myst. Give us a Monkey Island Movie!

    by rbatty024

    Or maybe they can just make that Indiana Jones point and click game into a movie. When adventure games stopped getting made, I stopped buying video games.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Myst...

    by nylon raider

    I'd settle for another game that didnt have the crappy 3d characters of the the final installment which totally killed the charm of the first 4 games with dead eyed polar express type zombies.....A myst movie ? done right it would rock - we all know the visual style of the game- but a fitting story? will audiences watch the protagonist spend two hours swearing whilst try to push the goddamn levers in the right order to get the airship to ... oh never mind . just film the Book of Ti'ana . and I concur -Lost totally helped itself to a serving of the Myst scenario

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 7:26 p.m. CST

    This is very cool news!

    by Bot-Bot

    The Myst backstory is epic, and full of drama. This has great potential for an interesting franchise of films if it is done right. I would prefer a mini-series though.

  • Oct. 2, 2010, 4:56 a.m. CST

    Great possibilities here

    by PhobosGhost

    If they can keep it as close to the original content, they could have a blockbuster on their hands. I've read all the Myst books, and have the soundtracks. That ethral, otherworldly imagry would be fantastic on the big screen. FuzzyPuffin was right, this looks to be based off the Book of Ti'ana. Wonderful story, has all the classic elements that make a great flick.

  • Oct. 2, 2010, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Back in the day, I used to load up Riven

    by belasco_house

    just for the cool rollercoaster sequences. <p> Wheeeee!<p> <p> Love the atmosphere. Intrigued (sceptical) about movie translation. As with Shadow of the Colossus

  • Oct. 2, 2010, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Myst, Warcraft 2, and Doom...

    by Aronofskys_GLEE_Reboot

    what a happy time in my life.

  • Oct. 2, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST

    yeah, just like lost

    by gutshot

    except not a huge piece of shit that makes no sense. myst and riven had a story line that stayed together, and if you actually made it through the games you had a fucking conclusion. everything happened in the games for a reason. plus myst has tons of amazing locations and technology, lost has a... hatch? i dont know i stopped watching that abortion of a show after the first season. moral of the story, fuck lost, myst movie has the highest chances of being a good video game movie, because its not a video game movie. its based off the book. also the story is NOT about a woman wondering in to Myst. she finds her way in do D'ni, the cavern city that is home to the people who make all the books(Ages). myst is one of the Ages made by Atrus, who happens to be the grandson of the woman in the book/movie, and is played by Rand Miller(the boss man of cyan studios) in the games.