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Masters of Doom, the story of id Software, being adapted for TV

The book chronicles the rise of id Software and the split between founders John Carmack and John Romero

A photo of the second print paperback copy of David Kushner’s Masters of Doom book Photo by Chris Grant
Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

The story of id Software, as told in David Kushner’s 2003 nonfiction book Masters of Doom, is being adapted for television, according to a report from Deadline. USA Network has ordered a pilot for the drama series, with James and Dave Franco’s Ramona Films producing.

Masters of Doom is officially described as “the amazing true story of the Lennon and McCartney of video games: John Carmack and John Romero.” The book focuses on the lives of id Software’s co-founders, the studio’s rise to fame from Commander Keen and Wolfenstein 3D to Doom and Quake. It also deals with the cultural impact of those first-person shooters, and the clash of personalities and ideologies that lead to Romero being fired from the developer.

Tom Bissell, who co-wrote the book The Disaster Artist (another Franco project), is writing and executive producing the show, which is reported to be an anthology series. Bissell’s other writing credits include games Gears of War 4, Uncharted: Lost Legacy, What Remains of Edith Finch, and the book Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter.

A release window for the TV series based on Masters of Doom was not announced.

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