A film and book based on the biggest question of our generation
Before internet console wars, there were fan wars that took place in the in school yards. The biggest battle of them all was that of between SEGA and Nintendo. While the war has since ended, with Nintendo as the victor of course, it is still remembered as somewhat of legend. Someone actually had the guts to take on the giant that was Nintendo and didn\’t fare too badly. And as with all legendary tales, it was only a matter of time before the story of the greatest fan war between the 80s and 2000s was told as a novel and film.
It was announced this week that Atlantic Books\’ publisher, Toby Mundy has acquired the UK and Commonwealth rights to the book Console Wars, by Blake Harris. As the press release described it, the book is “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”. SEGAbits sums it up as \”The Social Network meets Rocky, and SEGA is the good guy,\” but we don\’t agree with the last part. Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation is set to be published in August 2014 in the UK and May in the U.S..
As for the film version of the book, it is being developed by Sony Pictures and Scott Rudin, known for The Truman Show, Moneyball, and more recently The Social Network, and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, known for Knocked Up and Superbad. Blake Harris will assume the role as Executive Producer of the film, but is also producing his own documentary version.
It has been two years since this news started out as a rumor from IGN so a movie might actually hit just in time to save the Wii U by letting the the general public know that Nintendo still exists and is still kicking it. On another hand, such a movie could potentially upset the most passionate fans by bring up a topic that has arguably made the industry a less revered place.
Are you guys excited for the impending film or book or are you not sure how you feel about this, to put it lightly? I, for one, can certainly see such a film attracting both the most passionate and indifferent fans of gaming in droves if it turns out to be in the realm of The Social Network. And who knows, perhaps Sony and Nintendo concluded that it would be a good idea to support each other in some indirect way. Nintendo allows Sony to increase brand name awareness for them and Sony Pictures gets to make a huge profit off the fans who would come see the film in droves. But that’s enough speculation for now.