After spending years in the shadows working on their own script treatment, Patrick McIntire and Adrian Vanderbosch have been granted the option to develop Myst: The Book of Ti'ana into a major motion picture.
The team of McIntire and Vanderbosch, now operating as the Mysteria Film Group, first contacted Myst developer Cyan Worlds in 2006, submitting a letter of introduction and a rough animatic movie trailer they had put together for their proposed film. They had working on the project secretly for two years, not wanting to approach the game's creators until they had achieved a certain quality and richness of vision. Cyan CEO Rand Miller and president Tony Fryman were certainly impressed, indicating that the duo's approach to the game setting possessed a level of quality that far exceeded any previous attempts to bring the game to the big screen. You can follow the entire history of the project at the Myst movie website.
Instead of loosely adapting the game itself, Mysteria has chosen to adapt Myst: The Book of Ti'ana the second book in the excellent novel trilogy by Rand Miller, which acts as a prequel to the events that take place in the original game. The script was submitted to Cyan Worlds late last year, and now Mysteria has the option to develop a major motion picture based on the book.
The company has been unofficially shopping the project around to major studios for the past month, and Patrick McIntire is optimistic that now is the right time for a Myst movie. "
The success of film franchises like The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia have laid the groundwork for general audience appeal in the genre of fantasy, while the astronomical revenue streams in the video game market offer studios significant incentive for game-based cinema."
If you've not read the novel trilogy, go read it now, and then return here so we can gush over how amazing a movie the book would make.