Depression Quest developer Zoe Quinn has sold the movie rights to her upcoming memoir Crash Override: How To Save The Internet From Itself.
Deadline reports that the rights have been acquired by the producer of the Ghostbusters reboot and former Sony Pictures co-chairperson Amy Pascal. The site adds that several actresses are interested in playing Quinn, with Scarlett Jonansson apparently keenest”.
The film, produced by Pascal Productions, will be released by Touchstone/Simon & Schuster in September 2016. Several studios and TV outlets bid for the rights.
It will tell the story of how Quinn was viciously targeted by the Gamergate hate mob after a former boyfriend posted a long string of allegations about her personal life online. The abusers, who hid behind the excuse of wishing to expose supposed ethical problems within games journalism, bombarded Quinn with death and rape threats.
Gaming and internet message boards used to be niche interests, mostly for young men,” Quinn said. 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.”