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Sony Is Developing A Movie About The Console Wars Between SEGA And Nintendo

And it appears as though Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are taking on writing and directing duties.

You might have heard of Console Wars, a book by Blake Harris which focuses on SEGA’s challenge to Nintendo through the early 90s with the SEGA Mega Drive. That book is due in May of this year, but a movie based on this book is apparently already in the works. A press release from Atlantic Books, who have acquired the rights for the book in the UK, revealed the news.

Sony Pictures and Scott Rudin (Moneyball, The Social Network) are developing Console Wars as a feature film to be directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Knocked Up, Superbad). Rogen and Goldberg are also writing the screenplay. Harris is serving as Executive Producer, and is also co-directing a documentary on the same subject, with Rudin, Rogen and Goldberg producing as well.

The involvement of Scott Rudin is what intrigues me most. Moneyball and The Social Network were both, obviously, brilliantly made movies about specific culturally zeigeist-y moments. That sort of thing fits perfectly with a story like Console Wars.

It’s obviously early days, and projects spring up and get canned so easily in Hollywood. Hopefully this movie gets made. There’s scope for a tremendous movie in there.