The remake of John Badham’s beloved 1983 Cold War computer thriller “WarGames” seems to be moving forward again at MGM.
Filmmaker Dean Israelite and “Grace of Monaco” writer Arash Amel are in final negotiations to join the project. Israelite makes his directing debut on next year’s Michael Bay-produced, time travel-themed found footage film “Project Alamanac”.
The original starred Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy as two school kids with the former finding a backdoor way into the W.O.P.R., the U.S. military’s most advanced computer war-games simulator. What he thought was a game turns out to nearly trigger WWIII and they need the help of the machine’s designer Stephen Falken to stop it from igniting nuclear armageddon on its own.
The film scored three Oscar nominations, made almost seven times its budget at the box-office in North America alone, and practically coined the term ‘firewall’. Reviews were strong at the time and have only grown in stature, particularly for the last twenty minutes set within the NORAD facility.
The new version follows a teenage hacker who unwittingly sets off a virus bent on destroying the world’s computer systems. Both Ansel Elgort (“The Fault in our Stars,” “Carrie”) and Tye Sheridan (“Mud,” “Jurassic World”) are on the shortlist for the young male lead.
Israelite replaces Seth Gordon (“The King of Kong,” “Horrible Bosses”) who was linked as both writer and direct three years ago, but has since departed to instead work on Sony’s film adaptation of the “Uncharted” video game series.
Source: The Wrap