This is the End producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are teaming up with Moneyball producer Scott Rudin to back a documentary based on the book Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation.
The book, which is due to be published by Atlantic Books later this year, is billed as being “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.”
Console Wars was written by author Blake Harris, who is also co-directing a documentary under the same title. According to Atlantic Books, Rogen, Goldberg and Rudin are producing the documentary. 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,” the publisher said.
In addition to the doc, Sony Pictures and Rudin are also developing Console Wars as a feature film, to be directed by Rogen and Goldberg, and exec produced by Harris.
In a statement, Atlantic Books’ publisher Toby Mundy said the book “has all the narrative drama of the work of Michael Lewis and Ben Mezrich” and “should appeal to gamers and non-gamers alike.”
- To read more about how books are being adapted into works of non-fiction, check out this in-depth feature from realscreen magazine’s January-February 2014 issue.