Amy Pascal is set to produce a movie about Gamergate that screenwriters Rebecca Angelo and Lauren Schuker Blum will adapt from game designer Zoe Quinn’s memoir “Crash Override: How to Save the Internet From Itself,” an individual familiar with the package has told TheWrap.
Scarlett Johansson is one of several young actresses who have their eye on the role of Quinn, the “Depression Quest” creator who was targeted by a digital mob when a blog post written by her ex-boyfriend went viral, sparking the Gamergate controversy.
Quinn’s memoir, which takes an in-depth look at the often misogynistic gaming culture, will be published next September by Touchstone/Simon & Schuster.
Pascal’s company will finance development and produce with Rachel O’Connor and Entertainment 360, which created the package. Pascal Pictures has a first-look deal with Sony, which is not involved yet.
Angelo and Blum, the wife of “Paranormal Activity” producer Jason Blum, met as reporters at the Wall Street Journal, which led to them writing “An Extraordinary Man,” a movie about Tammany Hall that has Anne Hathaway attached to star and Erika Olde producing under her Black Bicycle Entertainment banner.
CAA negotiated the deal, as the agency reps Angelo and Blum along with Management 360.
The news was first reported by Deadline.