The USA Network confirmed the cast and director for the pilot “Masters of Doom.” According to the network, the pilot will star Eduardo Franco, Patrick Gibson, John Karna, Jane Ackermann, and Siobhan Williams, and Peter Friedman will recur as a guest star. The pilot will be directed by Emmy Award winner Rhys Thomas, best known for his work on “Documentary Now!” and “Saturday Night Live.”
In the series, Eduardo Franco will star as John Romero, a brilliant young programmer and designer determined to become the video game industry’s first rock star. Patrick Gibson will star as John Carmack, a self-taught genius whose unparalleled programming skill allows him to help create the first-person-shooter genre—and lay the groundwork for the rise of virtual reality. John Karna is playing Tom Hall, a tragically lovable young game designer who becomes the heart and soul of the two Johns’ groundbreaking company, iD Software. Jane Ackermann will play Hannah Romero, a young wife and mother whose support for her husband, John Romero, is pushed to its breaking point by his unrelenting focus on games. Siobhan Williams will play Stevie Case, a brash and charismatic young woman who becomes one of the first female professional gamers—and John Romero’s girlfriend. Peter Friedman is set to recur as Al Vekovius, the 1987 Shreveport Businessman of the Year, whose Louisiana company, Softdisk, brings the two Johns together and sponsors their first forays as professional game designers.
The show is based on David Kushner’s nonfiction book of the same name, and is a story based on real events 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. John Carmack and John Romero were best friends who became bitter rivals, as they created a video game empire and transformed pop culture forever.
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