A TV show based on Blake Harris’ 2014 video game book “Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle That Defined a Generation,” is in the works–and it has some big names behind it. Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who directed Kong: Skull Island and is in line to direct the upcoming Metal Gear movie, will direct the series. Mike Rosolio (American Vandal) is writing the pilot.
What’s more, funny people Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who wrote the foreword for the book, are attached as executive producers alongside James Weaver through their Point Grey Pictures label, according to Nerdist.
The Console Wars book centers on the story of former Sega executive Tom Kalinske, who led the company’s American division in the ’90s during its heyday, and helped launched the Sega Genesis that further accelerated Sega’s place in the gaming world. As its full title suggests, the book, which is based on numerous interviews, also goes into Sega’s battle against Nintendo for dominance in the gaming industry. The companies were indeed rivals, with Sega putting out a commercial that proclaimed, “Genesis does what Nintendon’t.”
Kalinske quit Sega in 1996 in part because the board rejected his idea for a Sega-Sony collaborative game console. Given all the behind-the-scenes business drama between Sega, Nintendo, and other companies, the Console Wars TV show seems like it has potential be a very intriguing show.
There is no word yet on who will star in the Console Wars TV show, when it may release, or what platform it may air on, but keep checking back with GameSpot for the latest.
In 2014, Rogen and Goldberg were hired to write and direct a movie based on Console Wars, but it appears that’s not happening any more. At the time, the movie was lined up at Sony Pictures, but now it’s at Detective Pikachu studio Legendary Entertainment.