Back in 2014, Blake J. Harris released the novel Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation. As one can guess from the title, it told the story of the quest for market domination between the two parties in the early 90’s, which resulted in some of the best video games ever released. At the same time the book was published, there were already reports that it would be adapted into a live action film, with later reports also confirming a proper documentary being produced.
Originally meant to premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in March, those plans were delayed for…obvious reasons. But through the wonder of modern technology, the documentary is set to go live on September 23rd, 2020, exclusively on the CBS All Access streaming platform. The trailer features Tom Kalinski and Al Nielsen, two men who were instrumental in the success of Sonic the Hedgehog – and SEGA as a whole – in the United States.
This comes on the heels of Netflix’s High Score docuseries, released back in August. While there was some focus on Sonic and SEGA in that series, Console Wars is certainly meant to focus on the two titans of the 16-bit era, so it should hopefully provide insight that just couldn’t be touched upon in the Netflix series.
Earlier in the year, it was also confirmed that the film project – now a limited series – was also picked up by CBS All Access, with writer Mike Rosolio and Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts attached. No further details regarding casting, filming, or even a set release date for that project have been revealed.
CBS All Access is currently available in the United States, Canada, and Australia. No details on Console Wars‘ international distribution have been confirmed.
[Source: Entertainment Tonight]