Seth Gordon has come a long way from “King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters”, his surprisingly awesome documentary about the competitive (and as it turns out, pretty damn cutthroat) world of Donkey Kong. He’s already parlayed the doc into the feature film “Horrible Bosses” with Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman, and now he’s been attached by MGM to reboot “War Games”. Gordon will develop the property and then eventually direct it.
The studio, once mired in its own stew, has decided that the easiest way back to prosperity (or at least, semi-legitimacy) is to raid its movie vault and reboot anything it thinks it can get away with. With remakes of “Carrie” and “Robocop” gestating, the studio will now reboot the 1983 movie “War Games” that originally starred Matthew Broderick as a gaming genius who unwittingly puts the world on the precipice of World War III when he begins playing “games” with a machine that, in actuality, controls America’s missile defense system. Oops?
The original also co-starred Ally Sheedy as the cute girl next door, and was directed by ’80s action guy John Badham. It’s incredibly dated (take a gander at the original trailer below), so it could definitely need a little updating.
There was actually a semi-sequel called “War Games: The Dead Code” that landed on DVD a few years back.