Filmmaker Dean Israelite is the director behind the upcoming found footage time travel film “Project Almanac” which was screened the other night at Comic Con. Israelite was on hand at the screening and briefly discussed another project he’s a part of – the upcoming remake of 1983 classic “War Games”.
Asked about the challenge of creating a new version of such a well-regarded cult smash, Israelite tells io9:
“We’re rewriting the script right now and I think we’re coming on to something that could be very cool and trying to be its own movie. It’s gotta be its own movie for its own time and take the spirit of what the original was. The original was so cool because it was bold and provocative and sophisticated for that time, so we need to take the spirit of that, make our own complete movie that’s hopefully bold and sophisticated for this time and that they will stand alone.”
Israelite confirms that working on “Project Almanac” has helped him a lot, both with the authenticity of the technology and the mannerisms and personalities of the teen characters in the remake:
“I think it was a great lesson. Also just being around young people the whole time on this movie and honestly looking at them all the time when they’re working on set with me, they’re so wired in in a fascinating way and it’s helped me try bring a reality to WarGames, I think so, yeah. And also open my eyes to a bunch of different – like, I didn’t subscribe to Wired until I did Project Almanac and now that started influencing me a lot while I was doing Project Almanac. I feel like I’m in that world a little bit in a cool way.”
In terms of the technology we’ll see in use, he says the plan is to “be a little bit ahead of its time like the first one was” which is why they’re talking to experts and consultants to give them an idea of what’s about to come. Finally, and the big question that he admits everyone asks, is Russia the enemy?
“No because the answer is, it’s a different time so, all I will say is that the antagonists in the movie are completely different to the first one. You can’t compare it. We’re not in the Cold War, it’s not about that. It’s about something different.”