Shannon Sun-Higginson’s recent documentary GTFO explored misogyny and other social issues in the world of video games. Our own Jason Bailey reviewed the film, writing that “as a polemic/manifesto, GTFO is brutally effective — intelligent, thought-provoking, and thorough.” And it didn’t take long for the controversies surrounding gaming and women to catch the eye of Hollywood.
It was just announced that Amy Pascal will produce a movie about Gamergate from screenwriters Rebecca Angelo and Lauren Schuker Blum, adapted from videogame designer Zoe Quinn’s upcoming memoir Crash Override: How to Save the Internet From Itself. Scarlett Johansson is one of several actresses said to be circling the part of Quinn. The indie designer became a target of Gamergate (sparking it, really) after her ex-boyfriend wrote a blog about their relationship, accusing her of a variety of unprofessional behaviors, leading to Quinn’s severe harassment and making her the target of death threats. The memoir has a planned publication date of September 2016.
The Depression Quest creator appeared in GTFO and co-founded the organization Crash Override to help victims of online harassment.