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Legendary Adapts 'Console Wars' Novel About Sega, Nintendo Into Limited TV Series

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Kong: Skull Island's Jordan Vogt-Roberts directs film about '90s game industry

Legendary announced on Wednesday that it is collaborating with Point Grey Pictures for a limited television drama series adaptation of Blake J. Harris' Console Wars; Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation novel. Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kong: Skull Island, You're the Worst) will direct the series, and Mike Rosolio (American Vandal, Sean Saves the World) will write the pilot.

Point Grey Pictures' Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and James Weaver will serve as executive producers with Scott Rudin and Eli Bush, Julian Rosenberg of Circle of Confusion, Harris and Jonah Tulis' Flying Penguin Pictures, Rosolio, and Vogt-Robert. Rogen and Goldberg wrote the forward for Harris' book. Josh Fagen will oversee the project for Point Grey.

Publisher Harper Collins describes the novel as "a mesmerizing, behind-the-scenes business thriller that chronicles 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." Legendary Digital Networks subsidiary Nerdist also describes the story:

The book is set during the 1990s and focuses on the rise and fall of Tom Kalinske; he took on the role of CEO for Sega's American division and essentially saved the company with the release of the Sega Genesis. It's a blistering business-based story which could definitely fit a '90s period piece along the lines of Halt and Catch Fire.

Video game news source IGN reported that Rogen and Goldberg were attached to a film adaptation of the book for Sony in 2014. Goldberg also reportedly said in 2014 that a documentary was in development for release before the film.

Sources: Nerdist (Rosie Knight), Deadline (Denise Petski), IGN (Colin Stevens)


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