Roserock Films and Gran Via Productions are partnering to produce a feature version of vidgame franchise Myst.
The banners are teaming with Adrian Vanderbosch and Isaac Testerman of Mysteria Film Group, which obtained the rights from game developers Cyan Worlds.
Myst — a series of inter-related videogames and novels — centers on a secret civilization that can travel to other worlds. During the development of the sequel “Riven,” Cyan published a trilogy of novels explaining the backstory of the civilization known as The D’ni, the infinite number of worlds they could create and control and a young woman from Earth and her accidental intrusion into the D’ni society.
Producers assert that the mythology outlined in the novels provides a firm narrative foundation for the feature adaptation.
“Our aim with this project is to stretch the genres it operates within, much like the source material did,” Vanderbosch said. “It is such an innovative property and the best service we can do to it is to maintain that spirit. By utilizing the novels as our primary source, we have the opportunity to offer audiences the essence of Myst without being limited only to the famous island of the first game.”
Roserock’s Cory Lanier and Gran Via’s Tom Williams will oversee development.