WarGames Sequel

(Welcome to DTV Descent, a series that explores the weird and wild world of direct-to-video sequels to theatrical released movies. In this edition: we take a look at a DTV sequel to a beloved ’80s film featuring a trouble-making Matthew Broderick and a dead child named Joshua.)

WarGames was a big hit back in the summer of 1983 despite its dark subject matter – nuclear war, millions of lives at risk, teens forgetting to put lids on trash cans – and its self-contained story and highly satisfying conclusion left no need for a follow-up. 25 years later, though, some asshole decided to make one anyway.

2008’s WarGames: The Dead Code is a direct sequel despite arriving a full quarter of a century later, and audiences reacted by completely ignoring its existence. The film immediately disappeared into the ether, but as a firm believer that every movie deserves a chance – and as someone with a column concerned with DTV sequels to wide releases – I decided to give it a spin. Could it have been unfairly dismissed? Is it deserving of reappraisal and a fan base dedicated to turning it into a cult hit? Should you, dear readers, invest cash money and 100 minutes of your precious time towards seeing it?

For the love of all that’s holy, the answer to all three of those questions is a resounding no.

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‘WarGames’ Trailer: Shall We Play A Game?

WarGames Trailer

The 1983 film WarGames gets an update for modern times with #WarGames, a new interactive series that will launch on mobile, HelloEko.com, Vudu.com and Steam later this month. Check out the new WarGames trailer below.

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If you ever watched the 1983 sci-fi hacker movie starring Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy and thought, “I could totally beat that computer,” then you’re in luck. A WarGames reboot is coming in 2018, as an “experimental interactive series” in which the viewer can finally answer the AI’s iconic taunt: “Shall we play a game?”

MGM and the interactive video company Eko have teamed up with the HerStory creator Sam Barlow to put a modern spin on the campy ’80s sci-fi film. The new WarGames, called aptly #WarGames, substitutes Cold War paranoia for “modern espionage, hacking and government conspiracy” — so basically, daily life in 2017.

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Wargames

MGM is playing a game, and it would like you, the viewer, to join it. The studio announced today that it’s reviving WarGames as a video game of sorts — or rather, an interactive digital short that “combines the narrative of a compelling movie with the responsiveness of a great game.”

That means viewers will get to determine the outcome, potentially making for a slightly different narrative every time you watch it. Get full details on the WarGames interactive short after the jump.  Read More »

Wargames remake

Sure, why not drop news of another reboot? The ’80s film WarGames, which originally starred Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy, is being remade by MGM. (The studio has already created a series of other remakes, including RoboCop, Carrie, and Red Dawn, and has Poltergeist and The Town That Dreaded Sundown to come.) Now the studio is poised to hire Dean Israelite to direct and Arash Amel to write the WarGames remake. Read More »

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Honestly, we might never see a better summer than 1982. Almost every single weekend, Hollywood released a would be classic: The Thing, Blade Runner, E.T., the list goes on and on. And when something is that successful, what does Hollywood do? Release a sequel, of course. That’s exactly what the Alamo Drafthouse is doing this summer.

After last year’s successful Summer of ’82 screening series, this year will mark the Summer of 1983 screening series. Starting with the 30th anniversary of Return of the Jedi, the Drafthouse’s various locations will screen movies such as Scarface, Risky Business, Octopussy, The Deadly Spawn, WarGames, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Jaws 3D and others.

Below, find out how to get tickets, see the poster and watch a trailer. Read More »

Here’s one more step in the career upswing of Paul Walker. As we wait for the action shenanigans of Fast & Furious 6 (and the inevitable seventh film) he’s lined up a starring role in the new version of video game series Hitman. And now he’s got another action pic — a remake of Banlieue 13, better known in the US as District B-13.

The remake is to be called Brick Mansions, and will be set in America rather than Paris. In an interesting twist, David Belle, the star of the original film and its sequel, will also appear. Walker’s character will be “an undercover detective chasing a weapon of mass destruction that was stolen by a drug dealer in the ghetto known as Brick Mansions. He seeks help from the incredibly agile Lino (Belle), who knows Brick Mansions better than anyone and is the only person not cowed by the drug dealers.”

Deadline says that Luc Besson and EuropaCorp set Camille Delamarre to direct; Delamarre edited Taken 2 and Colombiana.

After the break, Seth Gordon talks about his WarGames remake and the potential dramatic re-do of King of Kong, and we’ve got the first image from the remake of Danish TV series The Bridge, with the new version made by the director of Miss Bala. Read More »

If this collection of remake news bits is anything to go by, the ’70s and ’80s are back in full force. After the jump, the new Carrie dishes about Kimberly Peirce’s update, Ally Sheedy gets news of a WarGames remake, and Elijah Wood’s turn as a Maniac heads to Cannes.

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Briefly: That WarGames remake that has some fans up in arms now has a writer. Noah Oppenheim will script the film that Seth Gordon will direct for MGM. We still don’t know anything about the specific plan for the remake. When the involvement of Seth Gordon was reported, he was said to have “a wide berth to create a new take,” but we don’t know how that will manifest in the new movie.

We don’t know much about Oppenheim’s work as a screenwriter, either; his background is in TV production for Hardball with Chris Matthews and the Today show. His Jackie Onassis script got studio attention, but that hasn’t been produced yet. Still, we can keep making guesses about how this new version of the story will incorporate modern technology, gaming and the awareness of networking in general, and hopefully those guesses won’t be better than what MGM turns out. [THR]

Seth Gordon to Direct ‘WarGames’ Reboot for MGM

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, and MGM is moving forward with a plan that involves The King of Kong and Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon. Read More »