Classic PC game Myst is getting a new TV show

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Didn’t get enough Myst nostalgia with our tour of the Myst Vault this past weekend? You’re in luck: Today Cyan announced that it’s partnering with Legendary Entertainment (which is also working on films for Dead Rising, Mass Effect, and World of WarCraft) to create a Myst television series. Cyan confirmed to me that Myst co-creator Rand Miller will be involved with the show in a producer-like role, while brother and fellow co-creator Robyn Miller may also be involved in an undetermined role.

There’s no news yet whether this will be a true weekly TV show or a digital project, though if I had to guess I’d say the latter, especially when Cyan’s announcement says things like:

“Cyan’s goal in working with Legendary is not just to create a compelling TV drama but to develop a true transmedia product that will include a companion video game that extends the story across both media,” said Cyan’s Blake Lewin. “Seventy percent of tablet owners use their device while watching TV at least several times a week. Cyan sees the potential to push the boundaries of interactive storytelling to a new level.”

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Sure, Cyan’s already working on a spiritual successor to Myst in the form of Obduction, but why not work on a Myst “sequel” at the same time?

It’s interesting to see this news appear, given how much Cyan co-founder Rand Miller has talked about how he doesn’t like being constrained by the Myst canon in recent years, but hey—money’s money and Myst still holds a lot of appeal with a certain crowd, given that it’s one of the best-selling games of all time.

Who knows? Maybe we’ll even see Rand Miller don his old Atrus outfit for one more go-round.

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