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That remake of the 1983 gaming geek classic WarGames Hollywood have been trying to crack for the past few years is getting a new make over in the form of script writer Noah Oppenheim. The Hollywood Reporter says Oppenheim will write the movie that Horrible Bosses helmer Seth Gordon was assigned to in June.
Not much is known about Oppenheim as yet and without a finished production credit to his name he is one of the most untested screenwriters in Hollywood. He’s currently working on two films, The Maze Runner, and another called The Secret Life of Houdini, but they won’t be hitting the screen until 2013 and 2014, respectively, at least according to IMDb.
In particular his Houdini movie must now be in question as Water For Elephants director Francis Lawrence is working with Rise of the Planet of the Apes writer Scott Frank on their own Houdini movie which »
- Fay Brennan
Deadline reports Gordon will be given a “wide berth for a new take” the original, which starred Matthew Broderick as a computer whiz-kid who nearly starts World War III by playing a game with a military computer program. The studio released a direct-to-dvd sequel in 2008 titled WarGames: The Dead Code, which still never explained why there is an easily accessible “game” capable of starting a nuclear holocaust.
Since emerging from bankruptcy and nearly $4 billion in debt, MGM has been raiding its own vault for dusty brands to revive and revisit. The Hobbit was the first, a no-brainer, followed by a greenlight for Bond 23 with Daniel Craig back in action. They also have their hearts (and bottom lines) set on a reboot of RoboCop, which once »
- Jeff Leins
Looks like another '80s property is being dug up and dusted off over at MGM this week as they are reportedly in the early stages of putting together a remake of the 1983 thriller WarGames. The original film starred Matthew Broderick as a computer whiz kid who hacks into a military computer and plays games against it, only to find out that he is actually on the verge of starting World War III. The director that they have chosen to reboot the franchise is an interesting one, although I'm still not entirely convinced that this a good idea. According to Deadline , Seth Gordon (The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters) has landed the gig although it's not clear if this will be his next project or not. A couple of years ago, MGM put together a direct-to-video sequel to WarGames called WarGames: The Dead Code, and while I haven't seen it, »
How would a new version of WarGames work in the age of Anonymous  and LulzSec ? The original film was released in 1983, when hacking was, to most people, almost a sci-fi concept. So when Matthew Broderick played a kid who hacked into a government installation and almost started Wwiii through what he thought was an innocent game of chess with a supercomputer, the movie earned a response more due to paranoid fears of political instability and technological dependence than because anyone really thought that a kid would hack the machine brain of the defense department. But now we're nearing a time when most people will have felt the effect of malicious hacking, whether through identity theft, phishing scams or the exposure of personal data (or, again, paranoid fear of it) thanks to something like the LulzSec attacks against Sony. That means that it is a particularly good time to reboot WarGames, »
- Russ Fischer
Seth Gordon has become attached to a big-screen remake of the 1983 John Badham film WarGames , Deadline reports. The original film starred Matthew Broderick as a young computer genius who hacks into a government system and, thinking it all a game, accidentally initiates a computerized countdown to a nuclear weapons launch. Gordon, no stranger to video games, is still best known for his documentary King of Kong . He subsequently helmed the romantic comedy Four Christmases and directed the upcoming Horrible Bosses at Warner Bros. An MGM film, WarGames received a direct-to-dvd sequel in 2006 with WarGames: The Dead Code . »
5 items from 2011
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