In a competitive situation, I hear Hulu has landed Myst, a drama series based on the classic 1990s video game, with a script-to-series commitment. The project hails from Legendary Television, The Amazing Spider-Man and Sinister Six producer Matt Tolmach and Divergent writer Evan Daugherty.
Written by Daugherty, Myst blends elements of science fiction and fantasy. It will explore the origins of the island of Myst from the game where a man wakes up on a mystery island with absolutely no idea who he is, where is, or how he got there.
Legendary Television acquired the rights to Cyan Worlds’ adventure game Myst last fall. Legendary brought in Tolmach, who has a first-look TV deal at the company, and feature writer Evan Daugherty, who was interested in penning the adaptation.
Daugherty developed the project with Matt Tolmach Productions’ Tolmach & David Manpearl as well as Legendary TV’s scripted team of Lauren Whitney, Peter Johnson and Cory Lanier, along with Cyan Worlds.
The pitch was taken out, garnering interest from multiple buyers before landing at Hulu, which commissioned a script which, upon approval, would trigger a straight to series order. Hulu & Legendary TV declined comment.
Originally released in 1993, Myst, a first-person journey in the interactive world of the island of Myst through the eyes of “Stranger,” was the biggest PC game seller of the 1990s, until The Sims rose to the top in 2002. It spawned a franchise with multiple sequels, selling over 12 million copies through 2003.
Tolmach has been based at Sony on the feature side since segueing from his post as the movie studio’s co-president of production to a producing deal in 2010. Television had not been a priority though Tolmach had been developing and selling a few TV projects independently. He stepped up his efforts when he entered his first formal TV agreement, a first-look deal with Legendary TV.
Legendary and Tolmach also recently acquired the rights to Greg Rucka and Michael Lark’s dystopian comic book series, Lazarus, to develop as a TV series. Legendary Television has two series in pre-production – Colony, from Carlton Cuse, at USA; and Love, from Judd Apatow, Paul Rust and Lesley Arfin, at Netflix. Tolmach’s features in the works include Jumanji, written by Chris McKenna; The Bringing; The Rosie Project with LEGO Movie’s Phil Lord and Christopher Miller; Dodge And Twist; and Royal Wedding with Roger Michell.
Hulu has been rapidly expanding its original slate with the upcoming series 11/22/63, from J.J. Abrams; Amy Poehler, Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner’s Difficult People; Jason Reitman’s Casual; and Jason Katims’ The Way.