Hollywood is turning the bitter battle of bits between Nintendo and Sega into a feature film. Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation, an upcoming book by Blake J. Harris, attempts to outline the biggest video game rivalry of the '90s. Through backchannels and behind-the-scenes accounts, Harris' book chronicles Sega's rise from a stalled arcade company to direct competitor in a period when Nintendo dominated the industry.
Sony acquired domain name rights in August, 2012. Oddly enough, Trident Media Group broke news on November 28, 2012 that Sony Pictures had acquired the rights to the book, and that prominent writing team Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (This is the End, Superbad) had already been attached to write and direct the film. That same day in November, both Rogen and Goldberg tweeted about their involvement, yet news outlets missed the scoop. (Turkey Day comas, most likely.)
Scott Rudin, who helped produce Moneyball and The Social Network, has been signed on to produce Sony's adaptation of Console Wars, and author Blake J. Harris will serve as executive producer. Harris is also working on his own version of a film for Console Wars – a documentary. Console Wars will be released on paperback and eBooks on May 13, 2014 in the US, and in August in the UK.
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