Just months after Legendary TV acquired the rights to the wildly popular video game series Myst, the project has been given a script-to-series commitment from Hulu. Evan Daugherty (Divergent) is writing the screenplay, which, if it meets with Hulu's approval, will result in a series order, bypassing the pilot phase completely. Matthew Tolmach will produce under his first-look deal with Legendary TV.
The sci-fi/fantasy hybrid follows a man known as The Stranger, who wakes up on a mysterious island with no recollection of who he is, or how he got there. Hulu picked up the project in a competitive bidding situation, with multiple, unidentified parties expressing interest in the property. The game was originally launched in 1993, and became the best-selling video game series of the 1990s, until The Sims took their throne in 2002. Between 1992 and 2003, over 12 million copies of Myst were sold worldwide.
Evan Daugherty developed the project with Matthew Tolmach Productions' Matthew Tolmach and David Manpearl, alongside Legendary TV's scripted team of Lauren Whitney, Peter Johnson, Cory Lanier and Cyan Worlds, the rights holder to the original game. Hulu has been beefing up their slate of original programming as of late, with high-profile shows such as J.J. Abrams' 11/22/63, Amy Poehler's Difficult People and Jason Bateman's Casual. No production schedule was given for Myst, so stay tuned for more on this upcoming TV series.