MGM does love a good reboot, and lots of bad ones, clearly. The latest of its properties to get the remake treatment is set to be WarGames, with the 1983 classic to be updated to better fit in with the world as we now know it.
According to Deadline, Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) is the man being given the task to bring this tale to life once more, although how much will be retained from the original and how much will be completely different remains to be seen. In theory only the title really needs to remain the same, because that’s the brand MGM is hoping to make some cash from.
The original, for those six people left in the world who haven’t seen it almost 30 years on, sees characters played by Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy find a way into the U.S, military’s top-secret war simulator. Unfortunately what they think is a game turns out to be real, and these two school kids almost trigger World War III.
Thankfully we still haven’t had WWIII, so that threat remains. But with terrorism having replaced specific countries as the ultimate aggressors, the storyline will have to be shifted somewhat in order to make room for that change in the way war is waged.
My question as always with these plans is, “Why not just make a decent film and forget the whole reboot/remake/re-imaginings aspect altogether?” Answers on a postcard please.