If Nerd Bastards has learned anything by serving the socially awkward since our inception, its that there’s a shared history we all seem to have. Of those many commonalities, one stands out – high school. Now if you’re anything like us, the 1990s were spent arched over a monitor playing FPS’s and adventure saga’s, and dreading every day of your sophmore year. Well rejoice you nerd bastard, Deadline is reporting that Legendary TV is developing a series based on the bestselling graphic adventure puzzle video game, Myst! Warning – some spoilers if you’ve never played the game!
Myst was first released in 1993, whereby players assumed the role of a stranger who wakes up on an island without any inkling of who he is, how he got there, or whether he gets cell service. The story goes on to introduce us to an explorer named Atrus, who has the power to write books that can link you to other worlds, called Ages. Basically you have to travel to these different Ages and solve puzzles for this dude Atrus. Some of you will also recognize this as the general plot to Lost.
In many ways Myst was a genre defining moment for graphic adventure puzzle games, and went on to influence a host of classic titles like Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy, Dark Fall, and the 7th Quest series.
Deadline’s sister site TVline is reporting that the television adaptation has “recieved a script-to-series committment from Hulu, with Matt Tolmach (The Amazing Spider-Man) lining up to produce and Evan Daughtery (Divergent) to write the script. Mr. Daughtery, please allow us to share our Myst Guidebook bookmark we’ve had since pre-Y2K. Stay strong, the struggle is real.
No word yet on whether the new deal involves sequels or series development beyond this offering. If this show gets traction, there’s a host of material that could fuel adaptations of Riven, Myst III: Exile, Uru: Ages Beyond Myst, Myst IV: Revelation, and Myst V: End of Ages. Bet you’re sorry you got rid of your Amiga now, huh?