Last year, South Park astutely pointed out (as they usually do) how “wars” between consoles are done for PR rather than the benefit of the actual consumers, so the “battle” between Xbox One and PlayStation 4 was nonsense. But championing a video game console is nothing new, and it began in earnest back in the 1990s as Sega and Nintendo went head-to-head. Author Blake Harris has penned a book on the history between the two companies, Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation, and it will be released in August. Sony Pictures and producer Scott Rudin (The Social Network) have picked up the movie rights, and have brought on Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to write and direct.
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According to Booktrade.info (via Kotaku), “Blake Harris draws on hundreds of interviews to present the first full account of this titanic corporate battle, which transformed computer games into a global industry that last year recorded sales of $50 billion (surpassing the film and music businesses combined).” It sounds like an interesting book, and as someone who vividly remembers participating in the childish debates about the consoles’ merits, I’m excited to read about what was happening behind the scenes.
Harris will serve as the executive producer on the movie, and he’s also co-directing a documentary on the same subject. It’s unknown where this project will fall on Rogen and Goldberg’s busy slate. They’re adapting Preacher for AMC, developing a hard-R animated comedy, and working on The Interview starring James Franco. If Harris’ book lives up to the premise, I hope the adaptation won’t stay on the backburner for too long.
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