If there’s one thing we’ve learned from shows and movies like Halt and Catch Fire, Silicon Valley and The Social Network, it’s that the inner-workings of tech and game companies make for incredibly compelling viewing.
Now, we could have a new TV show to look forward to, with news that USA Network has ordered a pilot for a series based on Masters of Doom, the 2003 non-fiction book by David Kushner that recounts the founding of id Software and the creation of its beloved Doom franchise, as reported by Deadline.
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The series will focus on the company’s key founders, programmer John Carmack and designer John Romero – two best friends who would go on to become bitter rivals following a major falling out during the development of id Software’s Doom II follow-up, Quake.
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.
Masters of Doom will be produced by James and Dave Franco’s company Ramona Films, which made the award-winning film The Disaster Artist based on a book which Bissell co-authored.
If picked up for a series order, Masters of Doom “would serve as the first installment in a planned anthology,” in which “each subsequent season would then be based on seminal moments in the history of video games,” as reported by Variety.