If transforming video games into television series wasn't already enough, Hollywood is now borrowing ideas from books based on the history of the video game industry.
Legendary Entertainment has finalised a deal to develop a television series about the 2014 book Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation by author Blake J. Harris. Jordan Vogt-Roberts (responsible for the upcoming Metal Gear Solid film adaptation) is directing and Mike Rosolio (American Vandal) is writing the pilot episode. These two will be joined by executive producers Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver.
If you haven't already read it or read about it, this book is about when Sega was at war with Nintendo during the '90s. The story focuses on the Sega of America CEO Tom Kalinske and provides insight into the internal conflicts that occurred between the US and Japanese branches of Sega. The book itself relied on interviews and relevant people to retell the story.
There's no official word about when this show is due out or its tone, but according to Deadline Hollywood, it will be a "limited drama" series. Rogen and Goldberg were previously tasked to develop a movie based on this same material in 2014 and a documentary was also reportedly in the works around this time. It appears the final product will now be this show.
Have you read the novel? Would you be interested in watching a series about the console wars? Let us know below.
Rather have a documentary voiced by Morgan Freeman tbh. Can't really see this going well.
I did read the book, and it was fascinating. It's going to be hard for them to top the fascination the book held for me, especially if they're going to add extra drama that didn't happen and drag the show out. I personally think it'd be better documentary-style.
But I won't judge too hard until I see it. I'm definitely interested.
Is there really that much to say about this topic? I was alive during the sega/Nintendo stuff and I would hardly say that my generation was defined by it. Sounds like a bit of a stretch.
Just make a documentary. We dont need TV series.
They should make one where Sega wins and Nintendo loses. That would be intriguing
cough Netflix Original cough
They’re make it a drama? That’s disappointing, the dramatisation made the book a cringy read. Would have preferred a documentary.
Yust make a documentary
Ahhh so no longer a film then. That's a shame as i thought the film had been in development for several years now.
In the book it said it was going to be developed into a documentary and a film, but I see they changed plans.
Anyway, on Sunday I was going to see Mr. Kalinske in the flesh, because he was the special guest to RetroBarcelona, a big event about classic gaming inside Barcelona Games World bigger event, but unfortunately for personal reasons he's not going to make it.
By legendary what?
This book was obviously well researched, and I enjoyed reading it for that aspect, but the writing was bad. Particularly the dialogue. Extremely monotonous and unnatural, to the point that it made me cringe. So, hopefully they get a good team of writers for the show to help out in that department.
Ah, same producers from the Disaster Artist. Can't wait.
@BAN That's something I often read in reviews. Well, I for one think it's cheasy, but the book is extremely pleasant to read, although a little slow because of the page count and letter size and the amount of interesting information given. But I love it (currently reading it) and I'm learning a lot.
After all, dialogues are scarce in this book anyway.
@Moroboshi876 Is dialogue scarce, though? It’s been a couple years since I read the book, but I feel like there’s a significant portion of the book dedicated to it, even if it doesn’t predominate. And I seem to remember that the author even said he basically fabricated most/all of the dialogue, but that he felt justified in taking so much creative license because it fits the spirit of the events he’s describing, which made me dislike those parts even more because they weren’t especially necessary in the first place.
But that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy reading the book at all. I did, but my satisfaction with it slowly decreased as I read it, to the point that I was getting tired of reading it by midpoint. But there was enough interesting information for me to finish it and learn a few things along the way.
@BAN I haven't finished it yet, I don't have much time, but maybe the dialogue parts increase as I advance through the pages and feel like you feel, I don't know yet. For now what I've seen is a lot of narrating with some short dialogues.
@BAN I’m currently about a third of the way through reading it and completely agree with your comments, I’m enjoying it but it’s not very well written. There's a technique the author uses over and over again that bugs me and goes something like “he sat back and reflected on the path that got him to this point in his life” before going on to give a back story on that person. I swear he's used it about 5 times so far. The TV series should do the classic trope of wavy lines dissolving into a flashback!
Pretty sure at one point it's was suppose to be a movie directed by Seth rogan. It's page is still on IMBD
As someone that grew up in that era, the book was a really fascinating read, I enjoyed it. The console war was a common conversational subject in school, we were always talking about Nintendo vs Sega. We didn't call it the "console wars" at the time, if anything it was the "16-bit wars".
But I grew up in the US, so I think UK and Aussie people were probably more focused on the C64 and Amiga. The PAL version of the NES/SNES was a slow POS anyway, so it's probably better that less people played it and ruined their experience of Nintendo.
I thought they had given up on turning this book into a movie/documentary. A TV drama is better than nothing, and I'm glad it's limited. Ongoing TV dramas never have an ending in mind, so they just go nowhere season after season with little plot substance.
@GrailUK THE LEGENDARY YAMADA TAE............alright i'll leave walks away
Interested to see to what service this series comes.
I hope Netflix will be the distributor. Would make it easier for those around the world to watch this.
"The PAL version of the NES/SNES was a slow POS anyway,"
@jimbob298 haha you pretty much nailed it on all points, especially the part about the author using the same techniques repeatedly in his prose. He uses the same couple of devices over and over and every character is written with the same flow and structure as all the others, which makes it feel like they're all the same character. And his narrative is no better, it's just slightly more readable because it uncovers details about a story I've been interested in for most of my life.
I'm only partly joking when I say that I could write a better book on the same topic, if given the same information. And that's not because I think I'm the best writer around, but because the writing in this book is at a high school level. I think Blake Harris is good at researching and compiling information, but I don't think he possesses much creative writing talent. But I'm pretty sure this was his first book (don't quote me on that), so perhaps he'll improve in whatever projects he takes on in the future.
Anyway, I guess I have pretty strong feelings about this, and maybe that's weird. But I've seen this book passionately recommended on every gaming-related website that I've ever visited, and it kind of grinds my gears because I think games-focused literature could be better represented.
@Mario500 - Piece of .... 🙂
This book is complete crap. The author took an embarrassing amount of license with the subjects of the book, forgoing even the pretense of credibility. He may have done research, but he wrote the book like an episode of Herman's Head. It was always a Hollywood script, not a historical account.
I fully agree, especially with your last point.
@Zelda79 You can get most of the information from this book by reading short articles. The book is full of imagined dialogue, badly written. Padding it out into more than an hour of "drama" will NOT respect your time more than reading. Make time for smart media. Books are good.
@Li_Bae Yup. I don't want to touch anything associated with this author ever again because of this.
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