Masters of Doom TV Pilot Produced by Franco Brothers Now in Production

Lawrence Kim
June 28, 2019

If the pilot is picked up as a series, Masters of Doom would become the first part in an anthology, with subsequent seasons detailing other "seminal moments in videogame history".

As Deadline describes the plot, "Masters of Doom is the true story of two computer geniuses in an obscure corner of America who, along with a group of rebellious misfits, created one of the biggest franchise hits of the 90s, the video game Doom". As Deadline reported on Thursday, the series now only exists as a pilot order, meaning that the wheels have begun turning to produce and cast a single, premiere episode, as opposed to an outright guarantee of a season's worth of episodes.

Romero's Doom-Mastering partner, John Carmack, said on Twitter that he's not involved in the project either.

Tom Bissell has been tapped for pilot writing duties - a great choice given his previous work on the game-themed book Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter and as lead writer on Gears of War 4, along with the indispensable knowledge he would've likely gained from his time working at id Software as a game tester. Now, that book is getting adapted into a TV drama courtesy of Ramona Films, the production company helmed by James and Dave Franco.

US has had a string of successful scripted series of late, including Briarpatch, from Mr. Robot's Sam Esmail, as well as Brave New World, a television adaptation of the iconic Aldous Huxley novel, and Dare Me, which is based on the award-winning young adult novel from Megan Abbott.

We'll likely start to hear more about the plans that U.S. has for this series in the future once things get rolling a bit more.

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