CATEGORIES Movie NewsWhen MGM released 'WarGames' in 1983, the Cold War was still hot and the threat of nuclear war hung over the world like a deathly mist. The film, a cautionary tale about computers, atomic weapons and World War III, starred Matthew Broderick as a computer prodigy who hacks into what he thinks is a military game but, in fact, turns into a real-life war exercise that threatens to ignite global thermonuclear war.
Twenty-eight years later, MGM is rebooting the thriller, and has set Seth Gordon -- whose career took off with 'The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters' gaming documentary and most recently helmed the upcoming 'Horrible Bosses' -- to develop the project, according to Deadline. MGM -- which is on a reboot kick with remakes of 'Robocop' and 'Carrie' on the docket -- has given Gordon wide latitude with the film since the computing and gaming worlds have changed so drastically in the intervening two decades.
Given the amount of hacking and the sophistication of networked computers today, remaking a film in which a computer game escalates to World War III could bring chills to even the most jaded of doomsday fans -- if it's done right.
What do you think? Are we ready for another 'WarGames,' or should we just cede the world to 'Colossus: The Forbin Project' or 'Skynet'?