Scarlett Johansson Eyed to Star in a ‘Gamergate’ Movie

Memoir By Game Designer

Avengers star Scarlett Johansson is reportedly being eyed to play the role of Zoe Quinn, the “Depression Quest” designer and one of the most resounding names in last year’s controversy.

Former Sony chairperson Amy Pascal has acquired the rights to Quinn’s not-yet-published memoir “Crash Override: How to Save the Internet From Itself.”

The movie deal was based on a proposal titled Control Alt Delete, and follows Quinn after a blog post by an ex-boyfriend led to months of abuse and harassment. The supposed Quinspiracy morphed into the nebulous movement known as Gamergate.

Quinn clarified the movie isn’t about Gamergate exactly but “it’s about online harassment and abuse in general.” According to Deadline, Rebecca Angelo and Lauren Schuker Blum will pen the script.

Check out the original proposal for the movie:

“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. 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.”

Um, this is nothing if not a ridiculous idea but hey, if ScarJo does in the movie what ZQ did in real life people might watch it. No word yet on who might direct a film about a damn hashtag.