Scarlett Johansson Might Star in a Movie About Gamergate

Oh, this is going to be good.

Scarlett Johansson, Zoe Quinn
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In case you missed it (and lucky you if you did), Gamergate (opens in new tab) emerged last year as an online movement that claimed to be about ethics in video game journalism, but ended up being a campaign to harass and intimidate women in the video game industry. And now, the woman who perhaps received the worst treatment at the hands of the movement is getting her story on the big screen.

Deadline reports (opens in new tab) that video game developer Zoe Quinn is writing a memoir about her experience, called Crash Override: How to Save the Internet From Itself, and it's already been optioned for a movie. And the team behind the movie knows what it's like to be at the mercy of the Internet. The winning bidder was Hollywood executive Amy Pascal (opens in new tab), who had her private communications exposed in the Sony email leaks, and the actress who's reportedly most interested in playing Quinn is Scarlett Johansson. 

Johansson has been a victim of Internet harassment herself. Back in 2012, a man infamous as the "Hollywood Hacker (opens in new tab)" infiltrated her email account, along with stars like Mila Kunis, and was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. The illegally obtained nude photos of Johansson were spread online. "Just because you're in the spotlight or just because you're an actor or make films doesn't mean you're not entitled to your own personal privacy," she told CNN (opens in new tab). "No matter what the context, when that is sieged in some way it feels unjust, it feels wrong." 

Quinn was the original (opens in new tab) subject of Gamergate, after her ex-boyfriend wrote a scathing blog post accusing her of sleeping with journalists in order to get good reviews for her game. Those claims have been denied constantly, but the threats against her and other women in the industry haven't stopped yet.

Her book proposal talks about the role of misogyny in small parts of the video game world, and how that affects any woman who tries to play:

Quinn, whose book will be published in September, said on Twitter that she's sharing her story to show just how bad harassment can be online—and refuses to give her attackers credit for her own success. Looks like she and Johansson would make a good pair.

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Megan Friedman
Megan Friedman

Megan Friedman is the former managing editor of the Newsroom at Hearst. She's worked at NBC and Time, and is a graduate of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.