Shall we play another game?
In the early 1980s, WarGames starred a young Matthew Broderick as a hacker that thought he had gained access to a computer game which was really a U.S. military supercomputer program designed to predict the outcome of a nuclear war. In the film, his tinkering nearly leads to World War III. MGM has announced a modern reboot of the film, with King of Kong director Seth Gordon at the helm.
Gordon told Collider that the reboot still needs a script and a cast, but it should be safe in his hands as a self-professed “hacker fanatic” that knows a lot about cyber crime and cyber warfare. Obviously, it wouldn’t be realistic for the new WarGames to focus on a theoretical nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia as the Cold War ended decades ago, so it’ll have a different theme.
“I have a real point-of-view on the material and how things have changed,” Gordon says. “It’s a much more complicated, nuanced, political world we’re in, and I think that actually makes for a more interesting plot to tell. Frankly, cyber attack is a lot more real.”
In today’s climate of cyber attacks occurring everywhere you look, a WarGames reboot could be a very relevant film. Gordon just better find a way to use the original’s sweet computer voice again while he’s at it.