Scarlett Johansson linked to ‘Gamergate’ film

A former Sony executive has just acquired the rights to Zoe Quinn's forthcoming memoir

A bidding war for the screen rights to a personal memoir by video game developer Zoe Quinn has been won by former Sony executive Amy Pascal.

Deadline reports that several actors are now interested in the role of Quinn, with interest from Scarlett Johansson “keenest.”

The book, ‘Crash Override: How To Save The Internet From Itself’, is published in September 2016. It is about Quinn’s experience of Gamergate, a movement by gamers that primarily focussed on ethics in game journalism, but was widely criticised for its sexist attitudes.

Quinn was the focus of threats and trolling after an ex-boyfriend wrote a blog post about her which went viral in the gaming community. She fought back against the misogyny and sexism that emerged during the Gamergate scandal.

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Last month Johansson appeared alongside George Clooney in the trailer for the Coen Brothers’ film Hail, Caesar!, which is out in February 2016.

The trailer, which can be seen below, is the first taste fans have got of the writer and director’s new project; their first since Oscar nominated Inside Llewyn Davis in 2013. The film stars Coen regulars George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton as well as a number of actors who have not appeared in one of their films before.

Among the newcomers to the Coen universe are Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Ralph Fiennes.

Set in 1950s Hollywood, Hail, Caesar! tells the story of Eddie Mannix (Brolin), Capital Pictures’ head of physical production and studio fixer. His job is to maintain the clean reputation of the company and its stars, keeping them free from controversy. Mannix is advised that studio star Baird Whitlock (Clooney) has disappeared after not showing up for work on the current production of Hail Caesar, a Tale of Christ’s Life.

He initially believes Whitlock has been drinking, but receives a call from a group of communists who claim to have kidnapped him and want a ransom. Mannix must help save Whitlock while keeping Hollywood’s gossip columnists off the trail of the story.