Prepare yourselves because Gamergate is about to enter the land of the dramatic film world. Amy Pascal’s new film company (which she created after leaving Sony), Pascal Pictures, has grabbed up the rights to Zoe Quinn’s unreleased memoirs and is planning to turn them into a film. Better yet, a number of actresses seem to be up for the role of Quinn, with Scarlett Johansson reported to be the lead choice. Deadline provides some of the particulars behind the deal, including an already Hollywood-friendly plot description:
The movie deal was based on a proposal titled Control Alt Delete, and tells the story of how Quinn, creator of the hip interactive game Depression Quest, was targeted by a digital mob bent on upending her life when a blog post by her ex-boyfriend went viral. It sparked the widely-discussed Gamergate controversy and took a surprising turn when instead of running, she decided to fight back. It is a very inside look at gaming and nerd culture and what happens when one gets caught in the gears of that machine.
Rebecca Angelo and Lauren Schuker Blum are set to adapt. Pascal Pictures will finance and Pascal will produce with Rachel O’Connor, and Entertainment 360. The latter got the book proposal early on, and created the package with the screenwriters, who met while working as journalists at the Wall Street Journal.