Recently acquiring the rights to Console Wars, Sony Pictures is having the team of Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg develop the film adaptation of the yet-to-be published “Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation” by Blake J. Harris.
While Atlantic Publishing’s Toby Mundy only acquired the rights to publish the book last week, they’re already moving forward with developing the story for the big screen. Today’s gamers are no doubt familiar with the term “Console Wars” as it applies to Sony and Microsoft, but this follows story a different generation of gaming, the first war between consoles. Detailing the epic battle for brand supremacy between the monstrous Nintendo and the underdog Sega, Harris’ book will be the first compiled account of the original console war.
Goldberg and Rogen, known for collaborating on screenplays for movies such as Superbad, Pineapple Express, and This Is the End– the last of which they also co-directed- will again work together to write, direct, and produce the books adaptation.
On why the story is being given movie treatment, publisher Toby Mundy said, “Blake Harris’s amazing book has all the narrative drama of the work of Michael Lewis and Ben Mezrich. It should appeal to gamers and non-gamers alike.” I can’t speak for non-gamers, but for me, I could see this piquing my interest if done right.
So, are there any long-time gamers out there interested in seeing a chronicle of the early generation’s console war? Let us know, and if you can’t wait for the movie adaptation, you can pick up the story in book form in August of this year.