While some of us are still hollowed-out and facing PTSD from the console wars of the late 80's and early 90's, Hollywood is looking to turn the entire thing into a feature film. Author Blake J. Harris has written Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation, a book that was recently acquired by Atlantic Books and will be published in August 2014.
But Hollywood isn't waiting. Sony Pictures and Scott Rudin, producer of Moneyball and The Social Network, are already developing a feature film version of the book. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are on board to write the screenplay and direct the film. Harris will be the film's executive producer, and he's also co-directing a documentary based on his book.
"Blake Harris's amazing book has all the narrative drama of the work of [Moneyball author] Michael Lewis and [The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding Of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal author] Ben Mezrich. It should appeal to gamers and non-gamers alike," said Atlantic Books's publisher Toby Mundy.
It'll be interesting to see the gaming industry get dragged into film territory like Moneyball, The Social Network, Pirates of Silicon Valley, and Wolf of Wall Street. My big question is who's going to play the iron-fisted former Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi, former Nintendo of America chairman Howard Lincoln, and former Sega of America CEO Tom Kalinske? Who do you think should play some of the people behind the conflict between Nintendo and Sega?