Production Weekly is reporting that Leonardo DiCaprio is looking to produce a reboot of the classic 1983 sci-fi hacker film WarGames. The original WarGames is a great geek flick, a flashback to the days when a 1200 baud modem was fast, and capable of destroying the world. Plus, this is a movie which features the first cinematic reference to a “firewall”. But could the story be updated to modern times without becoming the mess that was The Dead Code? I’m not quite sure.
Last year, MGM released a horrible direct-to-dvd sequel/spin-off/remake called WarGames: The Dead Code. The film was basically a modern remake, starring Matt Lanter as a computer geek named Will Farmer who engages a government super-computer named R.I.P.L.E.Y. and enters in a game of online terrorist-attack simulation which is part of a sophisticated piece of government spyware designed to find potential terrorists. Homeland Security, now believing Farmer is a terrorist, sets out to apprehend him. And the computer, of course, forgets that it’s just playing a game. The film was horrible, currently rated 4.4 by users on Internet Movie Database (you can watch the trailer if you dare in our previous posting).
DiCaprio has a lot of spinning plates on his table, including a big screen live-action adaptation of Akira, the story of Atari, an adaptation of Kurt Eichenwald’s Conspiracy of Fools, and we havent gotten past the letter C. It’s more than likely that this project won’t see the light of day outside of some development.