Masters of Doom (USA Network) TBC


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'Masters of Doom', Pilot Ordered by USA Network, based on the popular book, Masters of Doom(2003) by David Kushner is being adapted for television. Executive produced by James and Dave Franco under their production company, Ramona Films, USA Network has ordered a pilot. The nonfiction page-turner delves into the rise to prominence and eventual fallout of John Carmack and John Romero. Together, the two founded id Software creating games such as Wolfenstein,Quake, and of course Doom. Games that changed pop culture and gaming forever.
Also, the show will potentially be an anthology series with Kushner’s book leading the way. Award-winning writer, Tom Bissell co-writer of the book, The Disaster Artist will write and executive produce. Additionally, writing for video games such as Gears of War 4, Batman: Arkham Origins, and Battlefield Hardline.

Furthermore, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Eric Robinson and Jeremy Bell executive produce via The Gotham Group. Along with James Franco, Dave Franco, Vince Jolivette and Elizabeth Haggard of Ramona Films, and Kushner. D.J. Goldberg of The Gotham Group will serve as a co-executive producer. UCP is the studio.

As of now, no official air date or shooting window has been released. The plot reads as

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.


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The Masters of Doom cast includes Eduardo Franco (Booksmart), Patrick Gibson (The OA), John Karna (Valley of the Boom), Jane Ackermann (Neptune) and Siobhan Williams (Deadly Class). Peter Friedman (Succession) 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

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 play 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 will portray 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. And 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 will 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

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