‘King of Kong’ Director Will Remake ‘War Games’
Although not the greatest of the "hacker" genre, the 1983 cult film War Games has enough of a reputation to get its own reboot at MGM. This news comes not only with the project announcement, but Deadline reports a director is already in tow: Seth Gordon, who made his debut with the highly successful gaming documentary The King of Kong in 2007.
The original film featured Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy as computer
prodigies who find a back door into a military computer program. While the teens operate under the impression they are playing simulated war games with the computer, the military scrambles to understand why their systems are targeting Russian forces; the risk of WWIII breaking out hangs in the balance. There's no question that technology in the '80s and technology in today's setting are two different animals. It begs the question of how clueless will the "rebooted" prodigies be to their actions. Our money...hopeless.
Gordon has an upcoming release to promote in Horrible Bosses, starring Jason Bateman, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston and Colin Farrell. This project is another example of how MGM has been going a little crazy with the reboots since its financial reconstruction: remakes of both Robocop and Carrie are also in the works.