Narnia producer options Myst film rights

Cyan Worlds and Mysteria Film Group enter deal with Mark Johnson and Donnie Darko producer Hunt Lowry to bring classic PC game to big screen.

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Back in 2002, SyFy partnered with Cyan Worlds to produce a live-action miniseries based on its seminal best-selling mystery game Myst. And while that adaptation never materialized, Cyan Worlds has remained open to the idea of bringing its beloved franchise to the big screen, having sold the big-screen rights to grassroots movement-cum-production company Mysteria Film Group in 2008.

Now, MFG has picked up big-time Hollywood support for its Myst film adaptation. MMC Media blog Deadline reports this week that MFG has optioned the Myst rights to producers Hunt Lowry and Mark Johnson. Lowry is perhaps best know as the executive producer on 2001's Donnie Darko, while Johnson's producer credits include 1988's Rain Man, 1997's Donnie Brasco, and the upcoming The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

The world of Myst may yet go live-action.
The world of Myst may yet go live-action.

According to Deadline, MFG, Johnson, and Lowry are currently searching for a writer before shopping the concept to studios. Currently, the concept largely follows the events of the Myst trilogy of books, and it's reportedly being imagined in a vein similar to The Chronicles of Narnia. One key plotline in the film will reportedly be a human who inadvertently causes the fall of the realm of Myst.

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

For an idea of what may be in store for the Myst film, check out MFG's animatic trailer, below.

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The Myst novels were great, so if the originality and canon that the books so masterfully kept could be kept in this film, I don't see why it shouldn't be a success.

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This film is going to have some huge costs creating set-pieces for the scenes of this would-be film. Myst has a picturesque world that the the film would do well to pay tribute to.

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Myst? How on earth are they gonna do that? The same way as roller coaster taycoon... Oh god...

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OH BOY!!!!!

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Be awesome if Rand Miller Played the Atrus Part, but he's not in this book, Ubisoft should do it, did an awesome job on Linage

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Yeah, this seems like a good idea. *rolls eyes*

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Chronicles narnia? it sucks, i watched it and don't like it just let christopher nolan make movie from game, inception was great, batman was awesome. how about the other movie beside him? Sam Raimi Spiderman 3 was turned into thrash, incredible hulk was sucks, Ironman 2 was a dull movie. Batman was the best superhero movie. Christopher Nolan rocks!!

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Haha, cum-production..

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The Myst books are actually pretty good, so they could make for quality films if done right.

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"sold the big-screen rights to grassroots movement-cum-production company Mysteria Film Group" - wtf cum production?

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I have played all the games so i hope they manage a good adaption!!!

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james cameron? im sorry dude, but i thought Avatar was incredibly boring. christopher nolan all the way

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they should send James Cameron as producer for Myst Movie

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I think a lot of people out there would love the Myst world if they knew about them. This could bring a lot of awareness to a series that deserves recognition for it's artistic design and story telling.

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I loved the Mist world growing up, this would make a fantastic mind bender if done well.

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YESS!!! I beg of you, good people, bring Myst to the big screen.

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I found the books boring, but basing a movie on the books gives them a heck of a lot more to work with than the games did. This has a better chance of working than most video games movie do...not that I'm saying a studio will care. Myst isn't exactly "hot" right now.

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