Disney Almost Made a Park Based on the Computer Game Myst

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These days, PC gaming usually takes the form of a multiplayer first-person shooter like Call of Duty or a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) like World of Warcraft. But in the early 1990’s, there was one game that reigned supreme: Myst. And now it turns out, the game was so popular that Disney almost converted one of their island properties into an attraction based on it.

Myst was a puzzle game that dropped players onto a mysterious island and tasked them with solving myriad mythological mysteries. Launched in 1993, the game went on to spawn four sequels and a spin-off, Uru: Ages Beyond Myst.

A Real-Life Myst Island

Myst
Image Credit: Cyan

For years there have been rumors that Disney had expressed interest in developing a real-life Myst attraction at one of their parks. This week, The AV Club published a new interview with Rand Miller, who created Myst alongside his brother, Robyn. Miller confirmed that talks with Disney did take place:

AVC: Is it true that you and Disney were working together at one point to make a sort of real-world version of Myst Island?

RM: That was absolutely true. At some point, there were some really cool plans to do some stuff with Disney. We were looking at it as the ultimate incarnation of our world. Basically, there was a place down in Florida—it’s one of the island areas that they had that wasn’t used very much. But it had some walkways among trees, and an island area, and we went down and looked at it and walked around it, and it was incredibly Myst-like. It was perfect for Myst. So we were all excited. Their imagineering team was excited about embracing that and building some stuff into it and tying it into the rest of the park, where you could explore and have this real-world experience. But, the way Disney works, and the way it had to fit in with their bigger scheme of things, and the way we didn’t understand pieces of it, I think it fell apart from their point of view. That was a very exciting time. It was cool to try to pull that off.

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the Miller brothers released their newest game last month, Obduction. Considered a spiritual successor to Myst, the game finds players exploring alien worlds in an attempt to return home to Earth.

Myst: The TV Series?

There have also been numerous attempts over the years to adapt Myst into a film or television series. In 2014, Legendary Entertainment announced that a new TV series was in development. It would have the involvement of both the Miller brothers and their company, Cyan. According to Rand, that’s still the plan:

AVC: Speaking of branching out like that, is the Myst TV show still a thing that’s being worked on?

RM: Yeah, it definitely is, as much as, you know, I can predict Hollywood. I can’t, but we’re farther along now than we’ve been in a long time. Hopefully, at some point in the future, things start to snowball as things are connected and attached and stories develop a little more. It’s an exciting thing. It’s hard to get your hopes up, because I don’t know the intricacies of Hollywood, but it’s fun to look forward to.

What do you think? Would you visit a Myst theme park attraction? Should Disney go ahead and build it now?

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