Online Gaming Harassment Movie in the Works, Could Star Scarlett Johansson

The movie will be an adaptation of Zoe Quinn's upcoming memoir.


A movie about harassment in the video game industry is in the works and could star Scarlett Johansson. Former Sony Pictures executive Amy Pascal's new Pascal Pictures company has obtained the rights to "Crash Override: How To Save The Internet From Itself," an upcoming memoir written by Depression Quest developer Zoe Quinn.

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The memoir details the harassment Quinn faced, including death threats and more, in the past year after a blog post written by her ex-boyfriend circulated around the Internet.

The book will be published by Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. That company's parent company, CBS, also owns GameSpot. According to Deadline, which broke the news, the movie is tentatively titled Control Alt Delete.

Per Deadline: The movie "tells the story of how Quinn, creator of such hip interactive games as Depression Quest, was targeted by a digital mob bent on upending her life when a blog post by her ex-boyfriend went viral. It sparked the widely discussed Gamergate controversy and took a surprising turn when instead of running, she decided to fight back. It is a very inside look at gaming and nerd culture and what happens when one gets caught in the gears of that machine."

According to Deadline, Quinn's memoir attracted bids from several Hollywood studios and TV networks. The report claims that "several actresses are circling" to play the role of Quinn, with Johansson "said to be the keenest."

Crash Override is due out in 2016, though no release window for the film or other details about it are available at this time.

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