If you played computer games in the 1990’s, you are probably aware of Myst, an open world CD-ROM game notable for its breathtaking visuals and mystery-based gameplay. The game spawned multiple sequels, and holds the impressive title of the best-selling computer adventure game franchise of all time. And since we’re talking about Hollywood and their penchant for choosing projects with a built-in fanbase, rights to the franchise have now been optioned for a film.
Producers Hunt Lowry and Mark Johnson are planning on turning the games into a film (or series of films), but because the games were designed more on a puzzle-solving basis and intended to immerse players in the world, I’m wondering if they can successfully translate the story into movie form.
For a walk down memory lane, check out Wikipedia’s entry on Myst. Here’s a sample from a particularly interesting paragraph:
Apart from its predominantly nonverbal storytelling, Myst‘s gameplay is unusual among adventuring computer games in several ways. The player is provided with very little backstory at the beginning of the game, and no obvious goals or objectives are laid out. This means that players must simply begin to explore. There are no obvious enemies, no physical violence, and no threat of “dying” at any point, although it is possible to reach a few “losing” endings. There is no time limit to complete the game. The game unfolds at its own pace and is solved through a combination of patience, observation, and logical thinking.
Deadline says the film version will concentrate on “the influence of a human who entered Myst and inadvertently brought down the civilization.” Writers are currently being sought for the project, with the producers hoping to “[create] an entirely new visual experience driven by engaging characters and an epic narrative.”
Though not mentioned in the report, 3D will almost certainly be a factor here; the world of Myst could very easily be compared to James Cameron’s Pandora from Avatar, and 3D would absolutely enhance the visuals and potentially the story for a film like this.
What do you think? Are you a fan of Myst or its sequels? (Riven was always my favorite.) Do you think the story of Myst is well-suited for the big screen?