Sony is Making a Movie About the 1990s Nintendo vs Sega War, Written by Seth Rogen
There’s a book coming out later this year detailing the battle between Nintendo and Sega in the 90s, and Hollywood is so intrigued by the premise that they’ve greenlit a movie.
According to Booktrade, the film rights to “Console Wars” (out in May) have been snapped up by Sony, which plans to have Scott Rudin produce a screenplay that will be written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. (Rogen and Goldberg also wrote the foreword of the book, authored by Blake Harris).
A couple thoughts:
1. While this writer grew up on Nintendo and Sega and fondly remembers the battles between the two companies (like the one-upmanship over Street Fighter 2 in the early 90s), it’s worth questioning whether a movie on the battle has legs today, especially since neither of these companies are dominating today. Sega followed up the Genesis with a string of flops and is now out of the hardware business, and Nintendo, with its third straight annual loss, may not be too far behind. So while Nintendo vs Sega was a thing in the 90s, it’s not like the winner went on to swallow the industry (like, say, WWF vs WCW, Blu-ray vs HD-DVD, or Kobe vs Tracy McGrady).
2: This movie is backed by Sony, whose very own PlayStation overtook Nintendo’s spot at the top of the industry.
Then again, Rudin produced the very excellent The Social Network, and no one expected a movie about Facebook to be any good when it was first announced, so Console Wars might just turn out to be a masterpiece.