‘Myst’ Film and TV Rights Sell to Village Roadshow

Variety | 6/26/2019 | Brent Lang
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“Myst,” the influential video game that helped usher in the CD-ROM era, may inspire an ambitious multi-platform film and television universe.

Village Roadshow Entertainment Group, the co-producer and co-financier of the “Matrix” and “Sherlock Holmes” franchises, has acquired the rights to the first-person graphic adventure. For those born post-90s, “Myst” was wildly popular and hailed as a bold step forward in gaming when it debuted in 1993. It took players to a magical island and had them solve a series of puzzles. The graphics were considered to be state-of-the-art, and some fans had a quasi-religious attachment to its mythology.

Myst - Sequels - Spinoffs - Decades - Story

“Myst” inspired several sequels and spinoffs over the decades, but its primary story follows Atrus, grandson of a woman who discovered the D’ni civilization in a cavern deep below the New Mexico desert. These mystical people create books that link to other worlds, but the discovery triggers a cultural clash that unfolded over several novels and games.

Hollywood has sometimes struggled to adapt video game properties. There have been hits such as “Mortal Kombat,” but duds like “Warcraft” and “Super Mario Brothers”...
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