The ’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.