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(Cbr) Filmmaking isn’t a game, but MGM is taking a gamble with its upcoming reboot of "WarGames." Deadline reports that relative newcomer Dean Israelite is in negotiations to direct the studio’s remake of "WarGames," the 1983 Cold War thriller that starred Matthew Broderick as a young hacker who starts a game with a Department of Defense computer and almost ignites World War III in the process. Israelite’s credits are few and far between: He’s the director of the upcoming "Project Almanac," a found-footage sci-fi thriller produced by Michael Bay and Paramount Pictures, about a group of friends that creates a time machine. Arash Amel is negotiating to write "WarGames." »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
A source close to WarGames stated that MGM is in final negotiations with Dean Israelite to direct the 1980s classic reboot. Arash Amel is positioned to write the screenplay and Ansel Elgort and Tye Sheridan are on the male lead’s shortlist.
This would be Dean Israelite’s second film after his debut film, Project Almanac (Paramount). Arash Amel is coming off his newest writing endeavor with the Weinstein Company, Grace of Monaco (starring Nicole Kidman) to pen the modern adaptation of the 1983 WarGames, directed by John Bandham. Previous drafts of the script were written by Noah Oppenheim (The Maze Runner) and Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk)
Ansel Elgort and Tye Sheridan find themselves on the shortlist to take over the role, once made famous by Matthew Broderick. Elgort and Tye are enjoying their sought after status spawned from their successful roles in The Fault in Our Stars and Mud. »
- Gustavo Sebran
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 »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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 »
- Garth Franklin
Shall we play another game? Not that we have much of a choice – MGM is moving full steam ahead with a remake of the 1983 cult classic WarGames.
Dean Israelite, who made his feature directorial debut on next January’s anticipated sci-fi Project Almanac, is in final negotiations to helm the film for MGM. He’s been the top contender for a few months, ever since Seth Gordons stepped away from the project. Additionally, we’ve learned that The Fault in Our Stars and Mud breakouts Ansel Elgort and Tye Sheridan (respectively) are currently atop MGM’s shortlist to lead the movie.
Both actors are highly in demand at the moment. Elgort is currently filming Divergent sequel Insurgent for Summit Entertainment, and he also recently locked down the starring role in Cold War-set biopic Van Cliburn. And for his part, Sheridan has upcoming films Grass Stains, Dark Places, The Forger and »
- Isaac Feldberg
MGM is still planning on developing that remake of Matthew Broderick's 1983 classic WarGames. Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon was attached to develop it at one point, but he has since dropped out of the project. The studio is now in negotiations with Dean Israelite to direct the feature. They also are brining on Arash Amel (Grace of Monaco) to rewrite the screenplay, previously scripted by Noah Oppenheim. I'm not familiar with anything that Israelite has done, so I have no idea if he's a solid choice or not. The studio obviously saw something in him.
The original film followed a young computer prodigy who hacks into a government system and accidentally initiates a computerized countdown to a nuclear weapons launch. All the while he thinks he's just playing a game.
No one has been officially cast in the project yet, but according to reports the studio has been looking »
- Joey Paur
MGM has been working on a remake of "WarGames" for years, with Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) previously attached to direct. Apparently Gordon dropped out, because the project stalled. Now comes word that MGM is once again making a push to get "WarGames" back into development. The studio is in negotiations with Dean Israelite (Project Almanac) to direct and has signed Arash Amel (Grace of Monaco) to re-write the script. At this point, the new movie has yet to get a cast, but MGM is considering Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) and Tye Sheridan (Mud) for the lead role. The original "WarGAmes" film was released in 1983 and starred Matthew Broderick as a young computer genius who hacks into a government system and accidentally initiates a computerized countdown to a nuclear weapons launch. »
Shall we play a game? According to TheWrap, up-and-coming director Dean Israelite (Project Almanac) is in final negotiations with MGM to direct a remake of the 1983 Cold War science fiction film WarGames. Erased screenwriter Arash Amel will pen the script, based on original drafts from Noah Oppenheim (The Maze Runner) and Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk).
Israelite actually became the director frontrunner back in March, after Seth Gordon dropped out to focus on the Uncharted film for Sony. The Fault In Our Stars‘ Ansel Elgort and Mud star Tye Sheridan are reportedly on the studio’s shortlist for the lead role, which was played by Matthew Broderick in the original film.
Predictably, it looks like MGM is going for a contemporary take on the original story. Broderick played a young man who found a back door into a military central computer and confused it with a video game, which almost »
- James Garcia
The planned remake of John Badhams's 80s favourite WarGames is still pressing ahead, with MGM now targeting a new director for the project. Seth Gordon, of Horrible Bosses fame, had originally been earmarked to direct this one (he's since moved onto Uncharted), but it now seems as though Dean Israelite is to get the nod.
Israelite has wrapped on his directorial debut, Project Alamanc, for which hopes seem rather high. MGM is now in negotiations with him for WarGames, which is getting a screenplay rewrite at the moment from Arash Amel (who penned Grace Of Monaco).
We've been hearing talks about a Wargames remake going back all the way to 2011 when Horrible Bosses-helmer Seth Gordon was attached to make the movie, but now the film is finally ready to move forward again - albeit with a new writer and director. New reports say that Dean Israelite, the filmmaker behind the upcoming time travel thriller Project Almanac, and Arash Amel, the screenwriter behind the Aaron Eckhart thriller Erased and the upcoming Grace Kelly biopic Grace of Monaco, are now in talks with MGM to start working on the reboot of the 80s techno thriller. The news about the guys taking care of things behind the scenes comes from Deadline, but The Wrap also has info on the actors who are being considered for the lead role, played by Matthew Broderick in the original: Ansel Elgort The first name on the list is Ansel Elgort, who you »
The original story revolved around two teenage hackers who find a back door into the Defense Department's computer. They begin a game with the machine that could lead the U.S. to a nuclear world war.
Dean Israelite recently made his directorial debut with the upcoming Project Almanac, a found footage time travel thriller that follows a group of high schoolers trying to fix their lives. Things, of course, go bad when the space-time continuum is disturbed.
We've heard bits and pieces about MGM's planned WarGames remake from producer/hopeful-director Seth Gordon over the last year or so, but today some more solid news came across the wire. It's looking as if Gordon won't be directing the remake of John Badham's 1983 Oscar-nominated cult classic, since MGM is in negotiations with Dean Israelite to helm the picture. Also, screenwriter Arash Amel is set to rewrite the script, which was previously drafted by Noah Oppenheim and Zak Penn. Similar to the original film, the plot is expected to follow a teenage hacker who stumbles into a sensitive computer program. Stepping into Matthew Broderick's shoes for the lead may be either Ansel Elgort, Tye Sheridan, or another unnamed actor. Hit the jump for more. As The Wrap reports, MGM is in final negotiations with Israelite to head up WarGames. Israelite will make his feature directorial debut on Project Almanac, »
- Dave Trumbore
"Is this a game or is it real?" Here we go again. MGM is apparently still intent on remaking the classic 80's computer hacker movie WarGames, and has picked up development again by hiring a brand new writer and director. Since 2011, The King of Kong's Seth Gordon was attached to direct, however the project never seemed to go anywhere (meanwhile MGM's other 80's remake, Red Dawn, flopped). Deadline is reporting that they're "close to signing" up-and-coming director Dean Israelite for the remake, a name we're not yet familiar with has his first film, a time travel sci-fi titled Project Almanac, was delayed from release this year. There's not much known about the WarGames reboot, except that MGM seems intent on finding a way to make it happen (especially in the digital world we live in today). Instead of picking up with Seth Gordon, they're looking at Dean Israelite instead. »
- Alex Billington
Dean Israelite (“Project Almanac”) is in final negotiations to direct the “WarGames” remake for MGM, which has Ansel Elgort and Tye Sheridan on its shortlist for the young male lead, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. MGM did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Arash Amel is set to write the screenplay, which is expected to follow a teenage hacker who unwittingly sets off a virus bent on destroying the world's computer systems. Also read: Seth Gordon in Negotiations to Direct Video Game Adaptation ‘Uncharted’ for Sony Noah Oppenheim (“The Maze Runner”) and Zak Penn (“The Incredible Hulk”) wrote. »
- Jeff Sneider
MGM is negotiating with Dean Israelite to direct and Arash Amel to script WarGames, the remake of the smart 1983 John Badham-directed film that starred Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy as teenage hackers who unwittingly find a back door into a Defense Department computer. They start a game with the machine that puts the world in danger of Wwiii. Talks are early, but I’ve heard the studio is close to signing Israelite, who just made his directing debut on Project Almanac for Paramount and Platinum Dunes. Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Israelite the U of Witwatersrand studying Dramatic […] »
The 80s are hot today! First we had the news that Shane Black will write and direct the reboot of Predator; and now Wargames is relevant again with the long-gestating reboot finally moving forward with a writer and director. MGM is overseeing the remake, which isn’t a surprise considering the studio remade Robocop, Carrie, and Red Dawn. They have hired Dean Israelite to direct and Arash Amel to write the Wargames remake. The original movie starred Matthew Broderick as a kid who »
- Graham McMorrow
Given the frustratingly slow pace of development for the long-planned WarGames remake at MGM, we were beginning to wonder whether Joshua the computer was right and the only winning move in this case is not to play. But that’s not the prevailing mood in Hollywood and so here comes the latest attempt: Dean Israelite is finalising a deal to direct the film, with executives pondering a shortlist of young actors for the lead that includes Ansel Elgort and Tye Sheridan.Arash Amel, whose most recent script was Grace Of Monaco – no, wait, come back! – is just the latest writer to attempt the job of updating the story, which has already been through the keyboards of Zak Penn and Noah Oppenheim.Israelite, who has recently made his feature debut with the Michael Bay-produced Project Almanac (due here next February), takes over from Seth Gordon, who had been attached for »
It’s not exactly emotionally enthralling, but there’s still much that’s intriguing in this portrait of a woman who refused to let herself be pushed out of frame. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
This “fictional account inspired by real events” isn’t exactly emotionally enthralling, which I suspect is an unintended side effect of director Olivier Dahan (La Vie en Rose) and screenwriter Arash Amel consciously avoiding the “fairy tale” Hollywood star Grace Kelly’s life became after she married Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956. Though why they imagine that “dour” and “chilly” equals “real,” I don’t know. That said, there’s still much that’s intriguing in this portrait of a woman adapting her skills to a new situation, in its acknowledgement — still a subversive one half a century later! »
- MaryAnn Johanson
★☆☆☆☆The much-maligned opening film of this year's Cannes Film Festival was the geographically apposite Grace of Monaco (2014), starring Nicole Kidman as the Philadelphia-born Hollywood actress who married a prince. The film begins with a quote from Grace Kelly herself: "The idea of my life as a fairytale is itself a fairytale." Anyone hoping for a curative dose of reality has been sadly misled. The film isn't just bad - it's awful - ineptly directed (Olivier Dahan), terribly written (Arash Amel) and bafflingly acted by an assortment of miscast faces. Tim Roth has never been an actor of broad range, but his Prince Rainier III is simply Tim Roth wearing a pair of spectacles and an appropriate moustache.
- CineVue UK
After debuting at the Cannes Film Festival last month, the delayed, once-hopeful awards contender Grace of Monaco will likely hit theaters sometime later this year. But if the reviews out of France are true, it likely won't be in the Oscar race. The film was once slated for a March release before being held for Cannes, and now we get a better look at the film starring Nicole Kidman and Tim Roth by way of a nearly 10-minute featurette that comes from Cannes. Kidman and Roth discuss the story and the real-life characters of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III, and we see plenty of footage from the film as well. Watch! Here's the featurette for Olivier Dahan's Grace of Monaco from Film 4: Olivier Dahan (La Vie en Rose) directs Grace of Monaco from a script by Arash Amel (who's writing the I Am Legend sequel). Nicole Kidman »
- Ethan Anderton
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