Masters of Doom is a 2003 book about the creation of the groundbreaking FPS Doom, with a particular focus on the two dominant personalities behind it, John Carmack and Johm Romero. It's an outstanding behind-the-scenes look at a genre-defining studio—we called it a "must read" in our 2018 reminiscence on pulling the trigger of the BFG-9000 for the first time—and the tale may soon be headed to the small screen, courtesy of... the Franco brothers?
According to Variety, USA Network has ordered a pilot based on the book, with James and Dave Franco signed as executive producers. Gears of War 4 lead writer Tom Bissell, who also has writing credits on Tales From the Borderlands, Uncharted 4, What Remains of Edith Finch, and others, will write the series and is also credited as an executive producer.
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." There's no word on casting yet, but there's one obvious question hanging over the whole thing right out of the gate: Which Franco will play Romero?
Although shortly after the announcement, Brenda Romero asked an even more pointed question:
Who will play John’s hair on TV? https://t.co/Bs2MQxNEJkJune 27, 2019
Romero, who's currently heading up development of a new strategy game for Paradox called Empire of Sin, also confirmed that her husband is not directly involved in the project.
He does think it's cool, though.
This news seems pretty cool. I hope I'm played by someone of my heritage. Any suggestions? https://t.co/rfNZ96sqCB #DOOM @davidkushner pic.twitter.com/hPCG8yEHypJune 27, 2019
Romero's Doom-Mastering partner, John Carmack, said on Twitter that he's not involved in the project either.
I wish them well and hope for the best. There are, of course, many opportunities for disaster, but I’m not going to dwell on things out of my influence.June 27, 2019