Wow. I didn't see this coming, although in retrospect there were a couple of clues we might have picked up on.
- Cyan cuts deal with Legendary to create a TV series based on Myst (VentureBeat)
- Series Based on ‘Myst’ Games in Development at Legendary
- (confirmed by Cyan's Twitter account)
Historically-minded fans will recall an abortive attempt at a Myst miniseries on the Sci-Fi Channel, back in 2002. The project wiped out due to creative differences between the producers and Cyan. (Fannish shorthand for the event is "The studio wanted to show Atrus and Catherine having sex on the beach." I don't know how accurate that is, but the Sci-Fi Channel did not have a great reputation for its mini-series and TV-movie events, even before the advent of the Sharknado/Mansquito era.)
And then there was the Myst movie drama.
So now there's this new thing. What do we know about it? Not a release date, sadly; it's too early in the process for that.
Legendary Pictures has a long slate of fan-favorite movies, including Pacific Rim, The Dark Knight Rises, and Inception. But this deal is apparently with "Legendary Television & Digital Media", a division of which I know less. It seems to mostly be a wrapper around recently-acquired Asylum Entertainment, which is known for... a bunch of things I don't know. (The Kennedys, etc.)
The Variety article also says:
The Millers see the Legendary deal as a way to not only create a compelling TV drama but to develop a true transmedia franchise that includes a companion video game and other platforms, particularly tablets, to expand plot points.
Could be good, could be bad, depending on how much attention it gets from Cyan. Hopefully the deal comes with enough money for Cyan to develop first-class new Myst content while still keeping Obduction on track.
Oh, and when I said "clues"? Robyn Miller had referred a few weeks ago to a possible TV show:
A friend and I wrote a very cool treatment for a #myst TV show. Alas, it's not to be. (tweet Sept 24)
We don't know whether any of that relates to the current announcement. It might have been a version that didn't get carried through, or it might have been completely unrelated. Or somebody just changed their mind.
Miller also recently tweeted about a couple of treasures coming up from storage:
Just found ALL the original hand drawn Riven maps! Thank you storage unit. I'll post them soon. (tweet Oct 5)
Could be research materials being dug up! Or he just likes rooting around in old storage units full of treasure. Like the rest of us.