USA Network has placed a pilot order for a new anthology series called “Masters of Doom,” with the first installment based on award-winning journalist and author David Kushner’s landmark nonfiction book of the same name.
The anthology series focuses on the true story of two computer geniuses who, along with a group of rebellious misfits, created one of the biggest franchise hits of the 1990s, the video game DOOM. John Carmack and John Romero were best friends who became bitter rivals, as they created a video game empire and transformed pop culture forever. The game is still making new releases, and in the past there have been movies and merch sold throughout the world.
The series will be written by WGA Award winner Tom Bissell, who will also serve as executive producer. Bissell is writer on the Gears of War, Battlefield, and Uncharted video game franchises; author of nine books, including Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter; and co-author of the New York Times bestseller The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made. His short fiction has also been anthologized in multiple editions of the Best American Short Stories series.
You can find a collection of Bissell’s work right here on Amazon.
Serving as executive producers are Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Eric Robinson and Jeremy Bell of The Gotham Group; James Franco, Dave Franco, Vince Jolivette and Elizabeth Haggard of Ramona Films; and Kushner. D.J. Goldberg of The Gotham Group will serve as co-executive producer.
The show joins the other scripted series orders from the network including “Briarpatch,” with Rosario Dawson and Kim Dickens; the “Brave New World” television adaptation; the thriller “Treadstone;” and “Dare Me,” based on the award-winning young adult novel from Megan Abbott.
Kushner is the author of six books, including his latest, The Players Ball. A contributing editor of Rolling Stone, he has written for publications including The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Wired, New York Times Magazine, New York, and GQ, and has been an essayist for National Public Radio.
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