Sony Developing Console War Movie

    It has been recently announced that Sony Pictures is in the process of producing “Console Wars”, a movie based on a book of the same name that looks at the battle between SEGA and Nintendo.

    According to a press release from the book’s publisher, Atlantic Books, the book by Blake Williams will be “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” that should appeal to both gamers and non-gamers. The book is set for release on Amazon on May 13 of this year.

    Also in the press release, it was announced that the game-based book will be turned into a feature film produced by Sony Pictures and Scott Rudin of Moneyball fame. The directors are set to be Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, whose recent films included This is the End and Pineapple Express. They will also be writing the screenplay while Harris will serve as Executive Producer.

My Opinion

    As for the book, I am stoked. It claims to be a story of how a small company like SEGA stood up to a giant like Nintendo. Although it seems obvious who got the last laugh on that front, it will definitely make for a great read, especially for a gamer like me. The problem I have, however, is with the movie. For one, it is a video game movie produced by Sony, the makers of the PlayStation. Since it is almost common knowledge that Sony and Nintendo briefly worked together then split apart during the SNES/Genesis age, there might be a slight bias there. Another problem is with the directors. Yes, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have had good films in the past, but their films are generally over-the-top comedies and with the few times they have gone serious (e.g. The Green Hornet), they have all but failed in their attempts. Overall, I will be picking up the book as soon as it comes out, but I will wait until I see trailers for the movie before I get excited for it at all. Let the Console Wars go down in history.

Source: Press Release


Shawn Richards studies games to understand how they work. Follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

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