The times they are a-changin’ and it seems like geeks are slowly becoming the new rock stars. After the success of David Fincher’s The Social Network back in 2010, we’ve been seeing a lot of biopics about tech pioneers getting greenlit in Hollywood. There are even a pair of similarly-themed TV series in development including HBO’s Silicon Valley, based on Mike Judge’s experiences during the dot-com boom, and AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, about the rise of the personal computer industry in the ’80s. Now this week Sony has officially announced that they are developing a movie about the video game console wars and they have brought in comedic writer-director team Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (This is the End) to make it happen. Surprisingly, however, this won’t involve Sony’s Playstation console; instead it will focus on the epic battle between Nintendo and Sega in the 1980s.
According to Variety, Sony has hired Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to both write and direct a “business thriller” tentatively titled Console Wars. They will adapt Blake Harris’ book, Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation, which is being published by Atlantic Books this August. Scott Rudin (The Social Network, Moneyball) is on board as producer, while Harris is executive producing and also co-directing a documentary on the same subject.
We first caught wind of this project back in 2012, when Sony registered several domain names related to the phrase “console wars”, although Rogen and Goldberg were certainly not mentioned at the time. They have several other projects on their plate right now including The Interview starring James Franco, which is their next gig behind the camera, and AMC’s upcoming Preacher series. Are you game for a Console Wars movie? Does the involvement of Rogen and Goldberg make you more or less interested?