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Scarlett Johansson Eyes Gamergate Movie Based On Zoe Quinn’s Memoir

Scarlett Johansson Eyes Gamergate Movie Based On Zoe Quinn's Memoir

The extent of how dark, twisted, and hostile the internet can be showed itself over the summer of 2014. It’s a sordid, ugly story that’s too long to summarize here, but it all started when the ex-boyfriend of indie game developer Zoe Quinn published an “essay” revealing intimate details about her personal and professional life, which spun into an allegation that her relationship with an editor at Kotaku led to favorable reviews for her games. This was entirely false, but that fact was overlooked as Quinn became the target of harassment, threats of violence and rape, and hacks of her online accounts. It got even uglier as those who defended Quinn were then themselves targeted. It was a shining example of how toxic the environment on the internet can be for women. And now Quinn’s story is headed to the big screen.

Deadline reports that producer Amy Pascal has acquired the rights to Quinn’s upcoming memoir, “Crash Override: How To Save The Internet From Itself,” which will be published next September. Rebecca Angelo and Lauren Schuker Blum will pen the screenplay, and actresses are already showing interest in the material, with Scarlett Johansson said to be the “keenest.” 

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“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,” Quinn wrote in her proposal. “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.”

No word yet on who might direct, but it’s not the only interesting project Pascal has brewing. The producer is also developing “An Extraordinary Man,” with Anne Hathaway attached to the Tammany Hall-set movie. So, two projects to keep an eye on as they get moving.

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Comments

PEH

Zoe Quinn never said her ex-boyfriend accusations were false.
She received plenty of reviews, for a mediocre game – if you check it out you’ll agree.

Lucia Lola

Can’t wait to see this.

pete

Scarlett Johansson is much too attractive for this role.

yer

It’s amazing the amount of lack of understanding people who latch onto buzzwords like ‘misogyny’ and ‘hate group’ have when it comes to the Gamergate saga.

Alana

Henry, well said!

Henry

It’s amazing how the pro-gamer gate community tries to continually attempt to discredit her with their disgusting misogyny. It’s like every loser who has ever lost a girl has rallied around this cause. Look what just happened at SXSW. More harassment and getting panels shut down. A community of bastards and intimidators. It’s sick. They should be ashamed of themselves. ANd her ex-boyfriend, the one who cried foul in the first place and couldn’t even bother to properly apologize. Man up, you little bitch. Still the most pathetic person on the internet other than his legion of misguided followers.

REG

Everyone is wrong.

Emperor Xenu

Anyone who actually bothered to do research would know this is entirely untrue.

Saz

hahaha, following liars is so profitable for those "ladies", why wouldn’t it be for Hollywood?

Emperor Zerg Rush

Hooray! Nothing like drawing this long, malicious and misguided from both ends finger poke in the eye contest out even further with a big budget Hollywood hooplah film.

Patriarchy

Women belong in the kitchen

ta neshi coates

But if Quinn actually looked like Scarlett, then she wouldn’t need feminism lol

Xunn

It was high time known con-artists and people who use sex as leverage to get their way, cheat on their boyfriends with their bosses get movie deals. I hope this project crashes and burns.

Heyzues

If she does this movie I’m going to never have an iota of respect for this actress ever again and will boycott every movie she’s in thereafter.

AAA

False narrative. Zoe Quinn is a con artist. Absolutely hilarious how it gets swallowed up and believed.

DAVID CH

I got a hentai comics called the Playlist too.

DAVID CH

Very censoring system yo have.

David CH

That´s a load of lies and bull

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