USA Network has just ordered a pilot based on the biography Masters of Doom by David Kushner, and James and Dave Franco have been signed on as executive producers, per Variety.
Released in 2003 with the full title Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture, the book tells the true story of two tech geniuses who team up with a band of rebel misfits to launch Doom, one of the biggest videogame franchises of the ‘90s. The game’s creators, John Carmack and John Romero, turned from best friends to bitter rivals as they transformed pop culture forever.
If the pilot impresses USA and the project gets picked up as a full series, the origin story of Doom will take center stage in the first installment. The anthology-style show would then move on to different key moments in videogame history in subsequent seasons.
Tom Bissell will join the Franco brothers as writer and executive producer, and it won’t be his first time delving into the videogame world. Bissell has also written for Uncharted and Battlefield, in addition to nine books, including Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter. The man loves his videogames.
It also won’t be Bissell’s first time working with the Franco bros. He also co-authored the book The Disaster Artist, which became a critically acclaimed film of the same name directed by James Franco and starring both brothers.
Vince Jolivette and Elizabeth Haggard from Ramona Films, as well as Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Eric Robinson, Jeremy Bell and D.J. Goldberg of the Gotham Group, will executive produce alongside the Franco brothers and Kushner.