Point 1: Game designer Zoe Quinn has written a book – Crash Override: How To Save The Internet From Itself.
Point 2: That book has now been picked up by a film company and is headed to the silver screen, reportedly with Scarlett Johansson interested in playing a part.
Rather than sticking to the book, Deadline reports that the film will be based on a separate proposal from Quinn, titled “Control Alt Delete”. It tells the story of a game developer “targeted by a digital mob bent on upending her life when a blog post by her ex-boyfriend went viral.” Rather than a sob story, the proposal looks at the way Quinn decided to fight back against the controversial movement, rather than running from it. “It is a very inside look at gaming and nerd culture and what happens when one gets caught in the gears of that machine.”
Amy Pascal will produce, fresh from working on the Ghostbusters reboot. Rebecca Angelo and Lauren Schuker Blum, two former Wall Street Journal writers, have taken on screenwriting duties – and they know the sort of thing they’re up against. Zoe Quinn herself wrote about the potential conflict as part of the Control Alt Delete proposal:
Gaming and internet message boards used to be niche interests, mostly for young men. In the past few years, however, they’ve gone mainstream. Millions of people — including women and other marginalized people — have taken an interest in the platforms, image boards, and discussion forums that once belonged by default to a much smaller population. Most gamers give zero fu*ks about this. Like the rest of us, they’re just here to play games. But a vocal minority are clinging onto the brand of Cheetos-and-Mountain-Dew exclusionary identity ‘hardcore gamer,’ muttering ‘fu*kin casuals’ under their breath.
We don’t know when the film will be released, but the book will be published in September 2016 by Simon & Schuster. It’s no real surprise that the woman who was targeted by the initial post that started the whole GamerGate movement has been targeted once again, by a high-stakes bidding war between film studios and TV outlets. One of these things is not like the other.