The Gamergate controversy could be making the leap to the big screen. Pascal Pictures is developing a film based on independent game designer Zoe Quinn’s memoir Crash Override: How to Save the Internet From Itself, EW has confirmed.
Rebecca Angelo and Lauren Schuker Blum are set to adapt the book chronicling how Quinn, creator of the text-based game Depression Quest, became the subject of online harassment and threats of violence after an ex-boyfriend posted a rambling diatribe about her online. The episode spawned the contentious Gamergate movement, which is ostensibly about ethics and games journalism but has also been linked to persecution of women in the videogame industry.
Quinn’s book will be published by Simon & Schuster’s Touchstone imprint next year.
Angelo and Blum met as journalists working at the Wall Street Journal, and their first film project, An Extraordinary Man, has Anne Hathaway attached to star. Pascal Pictures is the production shingle of Amy Pascal, who was studio chief of Sony when the company suffered a devastating cyber attack.
Deadline first reported news of the project.