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Movie Based on Myst Still in the Works

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The Myst movie project has sparked back to life with the naming of two established producers.

Thursday brought reports that the planned Myst movie is still in the works, naming Hunt Lowry (Airplane!) and Mark Johnson (The Chronicles of Narnia movies)as partners in the film’s production.

News of Myst: the Motion Picture first appeared back in 2008. Independent filmmakers Patrick McIntire and Adrian Vanderbosch of Mysteria Film Group--both fans of the PC adventure game--spent the previous four years getting the project up and running. They eventually convinced Myst creator Rand Miller of Cyan to hand over the film rights.

However, instead of recreating the original PC game for the big screen, the filmmakers have chosen to base the movie on the Myst: The Book of Ti’ana novels published during the development of Myst’s sequel, Riven. The books explain the backstory of the civilization known as The D’ni and the infinite numbers of worlds they could create and control. The trilogy also tells the story of the young Earth woman who accidentally intrudes into the D’ni society and inadvertently causes its demise.

"Our aim with this project is to stretch the genres it operated within, much like the source material did," said Vanderbosch. "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."

Currently Producers Lowry and Johnson are searching for writers before they shop the Myst project to major Hollywood studios. Johnson is hoping to bring the world of Myst alive much like he did with the Narnia books. Cory Lanier and Tom Williams have also signed on as co-producers.

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    jdog2pt0 , October 2, 2010 12:16 AM
    This could be epic. I love Myst so much
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    jdog2pt0 , October 2, 2010 12:16 AM
    This could be epic. I love Myst so much
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    Darkerson , October 2, 2010 12:29 AM
    Interesting. This is the 1st I have heard about this. Hopefully it doesn't get stuck in perpetual limbo.
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    Azriel4444 , October 2, 2010 1:09 AM
    I don't remember the plot line for the 3rd game, but I wonder if Brad Dourif would be considered in for casting?
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    mayne92 , October 2, 2010 1:18 AM
    ...makes me want to play it...
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    DaddyW123 , October 2, 2010 1:27 AM
    DUDE!! I alwasy hated reading growing up but for some reason these books were the first books I actually enjoyed reading. I am so psyched about this!!
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    Anonymous , October 2, 2010 1:43 AM
    The Book of Ti'Ana takes place long before Myst and Riven. You'll only be seeing Gehn, Atrus' father...not to be confused with Aitrus - which Gehn's dad. Chronologically it'd be the first in the story. Maybe they intend to make this a trilogy if it pans out.
    Brad Dourif(you're thinking of Exile) might not be in it just because I can't think of any characters that are certified psychopaths in it. And thats kind of what he enjoys doing.
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    rigaudio , October 2, 2010 1:46 AM
    I remember playing Myst as a kid. That decapitation device in that marsh/forest world freaked me out :p 
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    randomizer , October 2, 2010 2:24 AM
    Myst ftw
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    Anonymous , October 2, 2010 5:04 AM
    This is probably the best recent article I've seen describing this project. As a huge Myst fan myself, I appreciate that instead of downplaying it like "just another video game movie", this article gives specific and accurate details of the story and all the years of work that's gone into this project. Thank you for helping to spark the genuine interest which this epic story certainly deserves!
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    toastninja17 , October 2, 2010 5:23 AM
    DarkersonInteresting. This is the 1st I have heard about this. Hopefully it doesn't get stuck in perpetual limbo.


    Yeah me too, was completely unaware that it had even begun any kind of production.
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    Gin Fushicho , October 2, 2010 7:53 AM
    Well now, this sounds interesting, perhaps I should play the games.
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    Anonymous , October 2, 2010 8:26 AM
    Finally, a well-researched article. Thank you, good sir!
    I've been following the production blog for a couple of years and I'm very excited at these developments.
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    xnashx , October 2, 2010 7:56 PM
    Really? Shouldn't they develop a movie on a more popular game?
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    Khimera2000 , October 3, 2010 1:19 AM
    >.< i love these books, I still have yet to find a series that gives such a vivid description of everything around you. really cant wait to see how far they go with this movie... hopefully it takes off i would love to see the later books where her son is trying to rebuild.
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    HavoCnMe , October 3, 2010 6:10 PM
    This would be a Nicholas Cage or Tom Hanks type of movie. JMO
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    _Cubase_ , October 4, 2010 4:47 AM
    xnashxReally? Shouldn't they develop a movie on a more popular game?


    You do realize that MYST is one of the highest selling PC games of all time right? It remained so for almost 8 years since it's release.
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    wishtar , October 4, 2010 5:36 PM
    The have a blog at mystmovie.com. I've been following it for the past three years. Rand Miller is so impressed with their work that he has offered them the movie rights for free. Here's hoping that they get picked up by a studio soon so they can really get into production.
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    Anonymous , October 6, 2010 7:05 PM
    This is fantastic news.
    The mysteriac film group has been toiling away on this for years it's very exciting to finally see their hard work getting the press it deserves. Check out their production journal at http://mystmovie.com/
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