MGM to remake WARGAMES
Variety is reporting that MGM is ready to play more WARGAMES, as the studio is moving forward with a remake of the 1983 film starring Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy. HORRIBLE BOSSES director Seth Gordon is attached to direct.
The original - a product of Cold War fears as well as the advances in technology seen in the decade - starred Broderick as a kid who hacks his way into a U.S. military supercomputer and almost starts World War III when what he thinks is a game involving nuclear war simulation is actually convincing NORAD that the Soviets are attacking.
Given the current state of technology, gaming, hacking, nuclear weapon development abroad, and the war on terror I would say that a WARGAMES remake could prove to be well refurbished for today's times. A true example of why a remake justifies existence.
WARGAMES would be the latest in a series of '80s properties the studio has attempted to reboot, along with RED DAWN, 21 JUMP STREET (which they co-financed with all that money they have), ROBOCOP, and POLTERGEIST, amongst others.
You may recall a rumor from back in 2009 that we reported, in which Production Weekly stated that Leonard DiCaprio was interested in rebooting WARGAMES. To our knowledge, DiCaprio is in no way attached to MGM's latest effort.