Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are set to write and direct the film adaptation of Console Wars, the upcoming book that chronicles the Nintendo-Sega rivalry that rocked the video game industry in the 1990s.
Console Wars will be the third film the pair has directed, after 2013's This Is the End and The Interview, due out later this year. It shouldn't be a surprise to see Rogen and Goldberg's names attached to the project because, well, it fits right into the duo's micro-niche filmography seemingly targeted at adolescent boys, what with writing credits like Pineapple Express, This Is the End, and Superbad (literally about high school geeks). It's nice to see them branch out from stoner comedies for a bit and into such new, unfamiliar territory like video games.
Producing the film is Scott Rudin, who's taken on similar book-to-movie projects like The Social Network and Moneyball. Console Wars offers yet another look at behind-the-scenes industry intrigue, dissecting "how Sega, a small, scrappy gaming company led by an unlikely visionary and a team of rebels, took on the juggernaut Nintendo and revolutionized the video game industry." Though, like TSN and Moneyball, everyone knows how the story ends (when was the last time Sega put out a new console?), the book touts a "vicious, relentless, and highly profitable" battle between Nintendo and Sega.
There's no reason to doubt Rogen and Goldberg's familiarity with the subject – noted gamers as they are, it's a good bet that the two (along with their fans) were active participants and consumers in the 1990s video game rivalry. Is there a better pick for a movie about video games in the '90s than Rogen and Goldberg? Like we said, a movie about video games isn't going to turn-off any of their loyal fan-base. And at the end of the day, at least it's not Aaron Sorkin.