‘WarGames’ reboot director: ‘It’s a more plausible chain of events now’

June 29, 2011 | 7:00 a.m.
wargames WarGames reboot director: It’s a more plausible chain of events now

Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy in "WarGames." (MGM/UA)

Imagine the havoc the hacker played by Matthew Broderick in 1983’s “WarGames” could wreak in the era of Gmail, Facebook and loose nukes. That’s what director Seth Gordon is contemplating with his upcoming reboot of the sci-fi thriller about a Seattle high schooler who inadvertently launches a nuclear war with the Soviet Union while playing on his computer.

“A lot of things have changed technologically and geopolitically since the original,” said Gordon, who officially signed on to direct the MGM film last week. “It’s ripe for an update. It’s a more plausible chain of events now than it was back then. The source of an international political threat is no longer a nameless faceless country with a different political system. The world has changed so much that that kind of threat could come from a number of places.”

Gordon, who is currently promoting the comedy “Horrible Bosses,” due in theaters July 8, previously directed “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters,” a 2007 documentary about obsessive Donkey Kong players. He said he has been researching hackers with the same curiosity that he applied to the gamers in that film, including attending hacker conventions such as DEFCON and Black Hat.

“I’m a bit of a hacker nerd,” Gordon said. “I have an interest in subcultures. There’s sort of a blurry ethics for people who are going places where laws aren’t yet even written to govern behavior. I think that’s a fascinating question and that’s the kind of stuff I want to get at in the reimagining of the movie. Hackers are obviously really savvy people. I’m trying to come at it from a very educated place rather than dilettantism.”

According to Gordon, he and MGM are close to finalizing the screenwriter on the film. No release date has been set.

— Rebecca Keegan



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5 Responses to ‘WarGames’ reboot director: ‘It’s a more plausible chain of events now’

  1. Warm Games Fan says:

    Just don't change the computer's epic observation…
    "Interesting game. The only winning move is not to play. How about a nice game of chess?"

  2. Carmel says:

    Once again No one in Hollywood has an original thought. "They" have to take the concept of someone else, then change it. I am so tired of seeing Hollywood re-doing movies, simply because "they" can't come up with their own concept.

  3. Phil says:

    Who remembers the scientist son's name that was the password?

    'Joshua', the name of its creator's deceased son.

  4. lestro says:

    no. WarGames used hacking, but it was a cold war, mutual assured destruction movie and we no longer live in a world where mutual assured destruction – the literal end of civilization the planet over – is likely.

    i am not sure this one can translate.

    • Frederic says:

      I'm afraid you're wrong. Just because the US and Soviet Union are no longer a sneeze away from launching a full scale nuclear attack on each other does not mean the world is any safer from the threat of nuclear annihilation.

      You're also forgetting so-called 'rogue' states like North Korea and Iran, not to mention regional nuclear powers such as Pakistan and India. Then, of course, we have terrorist organizations which would love to get their hands on a nuclear weapon of some kind.

      Even a 'dirty bomb' incident is quite possible, as would be a bio- or chemical weapon attack.

      The scenario presented in War Games is easily translated into today's world. And it's probably far more plausible.

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