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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