Console Wars – Sony Plans SEGA vs Nintendo Movie

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An Atlantic Books press release has hinted at plans for a movie based on Blake Harris‘s upcoming Console Wars book, Kotaku is reporting.

Sonic_the_Hedgehog_Mega_Drive_coverThe book, which tells the story of the popularity battle that raged between SEGA and Nintendo during the 90s, isn’t actually due for publication until May, but interest in adapting it has already been expressed by, of all companies, Sony (responsible for creating the console which ultimately overtook them both). The publishers describe it as: 

“a riveting behind-the-scenes business thriller that chronicles how Sega, a small, scrappy gaming company led by an unlikely visionary, took on the juggernaut Nintendo and revolutionized the video game industry.”

The film is currently being developed by Sony with Scott Rudin, producer of a ton of fantastic films, from The Addams Family and School of Rock to, most recently, Captain Phillips and Inside Llewellyn Davis. Perhaps most relevant here, though, are his producer and executive producer roles on The Social Network and Moneyball, both big business-based dramas adapted from books that draw on very recent history. According to IMDB, he’s also working in pre-production on a film about Steve Jobs, so if there’s any producer likely to make this really work, it’s Rudin.

Writing the script and attached to direct are Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg, so from them we can perhaps expect a comic touch amidst the drama and tension. The book’s author, Blake Harris, will executive produce.

What’s really interesting is that the whole team is also working on a documentary alongside their fictionalised account, with Harris co-directing and Rudin, Rogan and Goldberg producing. These days, multiple documentary films and dramatisations treating the same Super_Mario_World_box_artsubjects do tend to spring up more or less simultaneously (the obvious example is The Fifth Estate and We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks), but in this case, the creators have effectively prevented anyone else from taking any of the glory by covering all the bases themselves.

Of course, as Kotaku reminds us, it’s all early days yet, and based on how Hollywood operates, there’s still a strong possibility that all of this may come to nothing. Still, it’s a fascinating story, and one that would definitely generate a lot of interest, particularly amongst younger audiences. For now then, all we can do is keep our eyes and ears peeled for updates!

Source: Kotaku

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