Noah Oppenheim to Pen War Games Remake Script
08.22.11 by BrentJS
Back in June, MGM hired Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) to develop and direct a new movie based on director John Badham's 1983 thriller, War Games, which starred Matthew Broderick as a computer prodigy who almost starts World War III when he hacks into a military supercomputer. At the time, Gordon predicted that it would be "a long time" before the movie would be ready to go into production because they still had to "write it and then cast it." While it's likely still far from the casting stage, at least the project has progressed to the writing stage as Deadline has reported MGM has hired TV news producer-turned screenwriter Noah Oppenheim (Hardball, Today Show) to pen the script.
It's unclear how the new War Games (War Games 2.0?) will differ from the original, but considering how much computer technology and, by extension, computer users, have advanced since the original hit the big screen, it's likely that the two movies will bear little resemblance to one another. This shouldn't concern fans of the original too much since Gordon considers himself a fan of the original, as well. Back in June, Gordon said that he's already prepared for the fan backlash, but said that he finds it "a cool challenge." He called himself "a bit of a hacker fanatic" and said that the "more complicated, nuanced, political world we're in" should make "for a more interesting plot."