According to a report from movie blog ComingSoon, Blake Harris’ book Console Wars is set to be adapted to film.
Sony Pictures and producer Scott Rudin (The Social Network) are developing the book, along with author Blake Harris as an executive producer. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who have worked together on a long list of films including This is the End, Pineapple Express and Superbad, are to write and direct the movie. Interestingly, Blake Harris is also signed on as an executive producer and co-director on a documentary on the same subject.
The Amazon page for the book has it set to release in May of this year. The movie has no release date currently.
Console Wars covers the first big console war, the battle between Sega and Nintendo in the early 90s. Nintendo had a monopoly at the time just by being the only shop on the block. Sega picked up a lot of lifetime fans during the Genesis era not only by having tons of unique, almost experimental games, but also from its status as an underdog taking shots at the big monster that was Nintendo at the time. The book itself is based off over 200 interviews from former Sega and Nintendo employees and, according to publisher Atlantic Books’ Toby Mundy, “has all the narrative drama of Michael Lewis (Moneyball) and Ben Mezrich (The Accidental Millionaires and Straight Flush).”
Hundreds of movies make it to this stage every year, and not much further. This may be the same as John Woo optioning Metroid a full decade ago. But then, movies about baseball recruiting, card counting, and Facebook all made it to screen and ended up doing well to boot, so maybe a movie about the Sega Genesis and SNES written by the guys behind Superbad really is in the cards.
I’d love to see if Sega can still do what Nintendon’t on the big screen.