Video games are hotter than ever these days. But their steady surge in popularity hasn’t had as much of an impact on the entertainment industry as many had hoped. While there are currently at least 10 video game movies in various stages of development, it’s still tough to get even one of those all the way to the big screen. Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed are the obvious frontrunners right now, with release dates already scheduled for next year. And the road to production seems to be even more difficult for video game TV series.
There were rumors earlier this year that a live-action Legend of Zelda series was coming to Netflix, but Nintendo recently put the kibosh on that news, saying that for now the story is not true. However, this does bring up a good point, which is that video game TV series are more likely to happen on streaming video services like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, where producing unproven content is less of a risk. So it makes sense that a series based on the ’90s adventure game Myst would land at Hulu.
After taking a backseat to Netflix and Amazon these past few years, Hulu has really started to widen its list of original series lately. Coming soon to the streaming service is 11/22/63 from J.J. Abrams, Amy Poehler’s Difficult People, Jason Reitman’s Casual, and Jason Katims’ The Way. And now Hulu can add one more, as Deadline reveals that Legendary TV’s adaptation of Myst is heading to Hulu.
Matt Tolmach (The Amazing Spider-Man, Sinister Six) will produce the project, while Divergent writer Evan Daugherty is set to pen the scripts about a man who wakes up on a myst-erious island with absolutely no idea of who he is, where is, or how he got there. The series will reportedly explore the origins of the island of Myst, pending a straight-to-series order based off the first script.
There are so many directions to go with a series based on Myst. One could follow the Stranger as he awakens on the island and discovers the hidden books that act as gateways to other worlds known as ‘Ages.’ You could also delve into the back-story of the island itself, by centering the story on Atrus, who originally created the books and imprisoned his sons Sirrus and Achenar.
It’s more likely, though, that the series will feature some combination of the two stories just like the game, where the audience follows the Stranger in the present on the island of Myst while flashing back to Atrus in the past.
But what do you think, Screen Rant readers? Are you interested in seeing Myst on Hulu? What would you want from a TV adaptation? Let us know in the comments.
Stay tuned for more news on the Myst TV show.