Published by Random House in 2003, David Kushner’s book Masters of Doom told the story of how two guys created an empire and transformed pop culture with the Doom and Quake video game franchises, and the true story is now headed to the small screen. USA Network recently ordered a pilot for a potential series, and the lead roles have now been cast this week.
“Masters of Doom is the true story 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.”
Deadline reports today that Eduardo Franco (Booksmart) and Patrick Gibson (The OA) will star in the pilot. Franco is playing John Carmack, with Gibson as John Romero.
The cast also includes John Karna (Valley of the Boom), Jane Ackermann (Neptune), Siobhan Williams (Deadly Class) and Peter Friedman (Succession).
Rhys Thomas (“Saturday Night Live”) is on board to direct the pilot.
The drama comes from James and Dave Franco’s Ramona Films, The Gotham Group and UCP.
The pilot will be written and executive produced by Tom Bissell (Gears of War).