Wargames often comes to mind when we report on remakes these days. "A strange game. The only winning move is not to play." So it's a little ironic that the new Wargames remake actually has us intrigued. It's certainly found the right director: The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters' Seth Gordon, Deadline has reported.
Gordon's award-winning documentary about men obsessed with a retro videogame certainly seems to indicate an affinity for the original material. The first Wargames (which recently begat a Straight-to-Video sequel that nobody we know has seen), followed the adventures of young Matthew Broderick, a computer enthusiast who hacks into a secure mainframe in an attempt to play the latest videogames. He got his signals crossed, however: the videogames in question are actually military simulations and his tinkering has set in motion a nuclear strike against Russia, insuring total global annihilation. That should be easy to fix – call off the strike – but the computer is an artificial intelligence that refuses to stop 'playing.'
The Cold War may be over, but in the age of Anonymous hacks the core material stills feels relevant. The real question is how well, and accurately, Gordon will be able to dramatize the ancient art of hacking, something filmmakers have been struggling with since they first started incorporating it into movies. From Hackers overcompensatory camera work to Swordfish's ridiculous production design and montages, folks typing quickly on their computers just doesn't seem to film well.
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