'Myst' movie in the works: Holy '90s flashback!

MYSTThe ’90s classic adventure/puzzle game Myst is poised for a big-screen adaptation, according to Deadline. The film would take its plot structure from the “companion novels” rather than strictly from the game and its sequels, and producer Mark Johnson, whose other credits include the Chronicles of Narnia movies, is on board.

Part of me is rejoicing. I was obsessed with the original game back in the day, and its strange, dementedly dreamy landscape could be mesmerizing as a setting for a film. But part of the thrill of the game was independent discovery — ah! I can make those clock-gears turn! — and the ability replay the game with different endings. (Noooo, I’m trapped in the boooooook.) Can a movie, even one produced by the game’s superfans, really retain that?

Would you see a Myst adaptation, PopWatchers? Or does your ’90s PC gaming nostalgia not carry over?

Previously: EW covered the Myst phenomenon back in 1994.

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  • silverrose

    why not. it cant be as bad as street fighter could it. could it?

  • Felix

    I dunno….the Myst universe is way more laid-back than your average Hollywood script. On the other hand, they could do some cool stuff with the concept of writing worlds that then become real.

    • Stormy

      I always found Myst too cold and lifeless. Now if they make a film of The 7TH Guest, I’m in. Even Safecracker seems to have more potential.

      • Jessica

        I LOVED 7th Guest too! :)

  • Peter

    First off, the game was overrated. Cool mood, cool world, but a poor game. I played it in college and solved it in under ten hours, which was very short for that kind of game in the early 90s. Second, why is this coming now, twenty years later? It’s like doing a Pac-Man movie in 1995.

    • C Men

      Your name means penis.

      • Peter

        I’m sure I’m very sorry for having a different opinion of a game than yours. Given your capacity for debate, I’m not surprised you fell differently.

      • Eddie

        I have a guess at what the C stands for.

      • blaaaake!

        How many different forms of falling are there?

      • Peter

        “felt”. Or “feel”, which ever you prefer. But I’m sure you knew that.

    • Christopher

      the movie is an adaptation from the novel “Myst: Book of Ti’ana” not the game… dumbass

      • Cree

        Thank you!

  • Mariah

    Instead, why don’t they create a new Myst game that will actually *run* on most people’s computers? That would bring a lot of us Myst freaks back into the fold, after we gave up on having to buy two new computers everytime a new chapter of Myst came out.

    • S.

      I wish they would bring back “you don’t know jack” for the new operating systems.

      • Q.

        Spence? My apologies if I’m mistaken just seems to coincidental..

  • Dina Kampmeyer

    OMG, I still have the Myst companion novels sitting on my shelf. They are actually one of my favorite series ever and way underrated. I’m really excited they’re being adapted!

    • Saintly_too

      Those books were SO very good! I’m excited by just the thought of a Myst movie!

    • Christopher

      I totally agree, Bot was my fav

  • Steve

    I feel like they already brought Myst to the screen, the small screen, it was call LOST. Think about it, creepy crazy island with hidden hatches, a slowly revealing plot involving deception, two brothers who are trying to deceive the castaways into joining their side. Pseudo-sci fi elements from a past time, with the 70’s dharma hatches, the sub, the temple areas, etc. So many of those scenes just felt straight MYST to me. What do you guys think?

    • Rush

      Myst was cited by Team Darlton as one of their inspirations.

      • Steve

        No kidding. Just watching the DVD menu screens I felt like I had a MYST screen saver playing on my computer. Eeirey mood music playing with some ocean scene that sort of moves, but is also a static GCI image

    • Andrew

      I was in charge of a church camp and the theme was Lost, but we really set up the night games to be like Myst because I loved the “creepy wonder” feel mixed with strategic puzzles.

      • cc

        @Andrew – Myst night games intrigues me… what exactly did you do?

  • Jessica

    I remember reading the first book. It wasn’t bad enough to make me stop reading it. It also wasn’t good enough for me to remember it all these years later. The only scene that stands out in my mind was set in a desert, and I only remember that because I kept thinking of Tatooine while I was reading it. But, I’m not sure I made it through the second one…or any subsequent ones (if there were any). At least there’s a bit of a story there to go on though…there never was much story in the games.

  • V

    ahhh yes, i loveedd this game as a kid!

  • Stan

    I’d love to see it come to life! I loved the game, (have it on my iPhone) and if they are basing it on the novels instead of the game alone it has a real chance of being good! Can’t wait.

  • Jenn

    How about a Gabriel Knight game??? Josh Holloway would be beyond perfect.

    • Jenn

      Ahem. MOVIE, that is. Overeager commenter.

  • Jeremy W.

    If they are going to adapt any of the Myst games into a movie, then it should be the third one. Brad Dourif was really good, and added a lot more tension to the game character-wise, not just tension and frustration at the difficult puzzles.

  • eladdv

    I really loved Book of Ti’ana, and I think this movie can be really great. Hope to see it on the big screen soon!

  • Scott

    Looking forward to this (wary, but excited – I’ve been a fan for a long time). Hard to believe the original game is almost 20 years old.

  • Anya

    The world of the D’ni and the books is fascinating. I really hope they do a good job of telling the story.

  • SpyMaster356

    This just goes to show,
    “The ending has not yet been written.”

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