Don’t be too surprised that MGM, in their continuing string of remakes, is looking at rebooting the ’80s nuclear fear classic “WarGames.” A few years ago, “Horrible Bosses” helmer Seth Gordon was attached to direct, but then that went nowhere. But the project is kicking back up again, with a new filmmaker in place and a couple of young actors being eyed to be the next Matthew Broderick.
The Wrap reports that Ansel Elgort (“The Fault In Our Stars,” “Divergent“) and Tye Sheridan (“Mud,” “Joe“) are on the studio shortlist, while Dean Isrealite (the upcoming found footage thingy “Project Almanac“) has been tapped to get behind the camera. Meanwhile, after Noah Oppenheim and Zak Penn both turned in drafts, Arash Amel of “Grace Of Monaco” fame (infamy?) will be penning the new script. And while that’s all well and good, the question is whether or not this new version can even begin to tap into the dorky, early computing, hacking vibe of the original. Need a refresher?
Well, here’s eleven clips from the 1983 movie that should get you through your next coffee break and then some. Remember floppy drives and computer monitors the size of refrigerators? If you don’t, then you probably won’t see what a big deal the redo is.