Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe To Empire!
Get 12 issues from just £25
Must-Have Movie Collectibles
Bid on some classic memorabilia
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
New Avengers: Age Of Ultron TV Spot
'You've meddled with something you don't understand...'
Karl Urban Joins Pete's Dragon Remake
He's replacing Michael C. Hall
Meet The New Jurassic World Dino
Indominus Rex, what big teeth you have...
John Wick Duo Wanted To Direct Cowboy Ninja Viking
David Leitch and Chad Stahelski may corral Chris Pratt
Terminator Genisys Super Bowl Spot Online
Watch out for back-flipping buses...
First Look At The Enfield Haunting
Who you gonna Spall?
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
10 July 2013
Trailer For Curse Of Chucky Arrives
Child's Play 6 goes back to basics
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Halloween (2007)
Empire Star Rating
The Wild Blue Yonder (2007)
Empire Star Rating
Seed of Chucky
Empire Star Rating
Bride Of Chucky
Empire Star Rating
Death Machine
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Narnia Producer Planning Myst Movie
D'ni Which Way You Can?

30 September 2010  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Deadline

submit to reddit

It's one of the biggest game franchises of all time, so it's amazing that it's taken someone like Voyage of the Dawn Treader's producer Mark Johnson this long to pick up the rights to make a Myst movie. It's an interesting move, given that Myst was such a 90s phenomenon in the gaming world. Better late than never?

More then 12 million people pointed and clicked their way around Myst and its sequels, before The Sims ousted it as the most successful game series of all time in 2002. The first game, released for Mac in 1993 (and eventually to everything else), saw the player as The Stranger, who travels to Myst Island through a magical book, and must solve the mystery, via laborious exploration of static screens and interrogation of hidden characters, of who killed the sorceror Atrus (and whether he's actually dead). 

Sequels saw The Stranger searching for Atrus' wife (Riven); pursuing a thief who stole a world (Exile); tracking down Atrus' daughter (Revelation, which starred franchise fan Brad Dourif); and reviving Atrus' race, known as the D'ni (End of Ages). There was an attempt at a Myst MMORG in 2007, but the servers were shut down in 2008.

Myst's main character was arguably the eerily empty gameworld itself; a vast, atmospheric, slightly steampunky set of fantasy landscapes, beautifully rendered for their time. The games were not, to say the least, action-packed, which makes them a tricky prospect for film adaptation. Our immediate vision of a Myst movie is something like The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes.

Intriguingly then, the producers are looking to the wider franchise for the hook: specifically a spin-off trilogy of novelisations by British sci-fi author David Wingrove, which filled in the background to the games.

Adrian Vanderbosch, of production company Mysteria (who are working with Johnson and his cohort Hunt Lowry) says, "Our aim with this project is to stretch the genres it operated within, much like the source material did. 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."

Johnson hopes that Myst will be as distinctive an on-screen world as Narnia or Middle Earth. The project is currently out to writers.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Wes Anderson's Mystery New Film
Pre-production underway...
Todd Field Accepts The Creed Of Violence
Update: He's got the funds to make it


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Joaquin Phoenix Talks Inherent Vice
Plus co-stars Josh Brolin and Katherine Waterston

Stephen Daldry Talks Trash
The Billy Elliot man on his Rio carnival and training as a clown

Colin Firth And Taron Egerton Talk Kingsman: The Secret Service
Plus Samuel L. Jackson on bad-guy duties

A Brief History Of The Ring
Everything you need to know about the J-horror reboot

The X-Men TV Series: 10 Possible Plotlines
Mutants on a budget? We suggest some ideas for Fox’s new franchise extension

10 Kid-Friendly Marvel Comics That Could Be The Next Big Hero 6
Walt Disney Animation Studios have a lot to play with elsewhere in the Marvelverse

20 Sitcom Spin-Offs That Were Doomed To Fail
From Joey to Ally and back again…

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)