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For better or worse the WarGames remake has a writer and director

06.24.2014

The 80s are hot today! First we had the news that Shane Black will write and direct the reboot of PREDATOR; and now WARGAMES is relevant again with the long-gestating reboot finally moving forward with a writer and director. MGM is overseeing the remake, which isn’t a surprise considering the studio remade ROBOCOP, CARRIE, and RED DAWN. They have hired Dean Israelite to direct and Arash Amel to write the WARGAMES remake.

The original movie starred Matthew Broderick as a kid who hacked into a NORAD supercomputer designed to predict possible outcomes of nuclear war. He begins to play nuclear war simulation games with the system which leads to a national nuclear missile scare, and brings the world to the brink of World War III. Ridiculous sure, but it was the 80s when people believed computers and nerds with computers could do anything from anywhere with the touch of a button.

Director Dean Israelite’s PROJECT ALMANAC will be released on January30, 2015. I’ve been curious about the Michael Bay produced found footage film which follows a group of teens who build a time machine. That will be the director’s first feature release. As for Arash Amel, he wrote the majorly panned GRACE OF MONACO. We don’t know any more details regarding this reboot, but I’m certain they will update it for today’s audiences. The technology gap can’t be taken lightly with this one. The Wrap reports that Ansel Elgort (THE FAULT IN OUR STARS) and Tye Sheridan (THE TREE OF LIFE) are high on the shortlist for the lead.

Are you game for WARGAMES again?

Source: DeadlineThe Wrap

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12:39AM on 06/25/2014

completely unnecessary

Why do I need a remake of war games when every day life in this world already feels like war games
Why do I need a remake of war games when every day life in this world already feels like war games
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12:11AM on 06/25/2014

Fuckin MGM

All MGM does nowadays is remake their old hits, and they always end up worse. Just stop!
All MGM does nowadays is remake their old hits, and they always end up worse. Just stop!
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12:07AM on 06/25/2014

Must have..

MUST HAVE EDDIE DEEZEN!!!
MUST HAVE EDDIE DEEZEN!!!
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11:53PM on 06/24/2014
As far as I'm concerned, the only thing from the 1980's worth rebooting is Airwolf.
As far as I'm concerned, the only thing from the 1980's worth rebooting is Airwolf.
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7:10AM on 06/25/2014
No love for Blue Thunder?
No love for Blue Thunder?
11:13PM on 06/24/2014
At least I hope they find a girl as cute as Alley Sheedy back then.
At least I hope they find a girl as cute as Alley Sheedy back then.
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4:51AM on 06/25/2014
Emma Watson!
Emma Watson!
7:41AM on 06/25/2014
Oh yeah, she does look like Ally Sheedy.
Oh yeah, she does look like Ally Sheedy.
11:04PM on 06/24/2014
Do you want to play a game? NO!
Do you want to play a game? NO!
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10:53PM on 06/24/2014

it can't be the same plot anymore.

now that we live in an age where national armies have actual hacking units, it's going to be hard to believe some kid just stumbles into something so important.
now that we live in an age where national armies have actual hacking units, it's going to be hard to believe some kid just stumbles into something so important.
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10:52PM on 06/24/2014
*facepalm*
*facepalm*
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10:43PM on 06/24/2014
I think the idea has potential for updating, given interconnectivity today and how technology has changed in the intervening 31 years (holy crap, it's been 31 years?!).

It's just that it doesn't have to be called WarGames.

Also, Project Almanac sounds like a complete rip-off of Back to the Future. That, plus found footage? Don't have particularly high hopes for that.
I think the idea has potential for updating, given interconnectivity today and how technology has changed in the intervening 31 years (holy crap, it's been 31 years?!).

It's just that it doesn't have to be called WarGames.

Also, Project Almanac sounds like a complete rip-off of Back to the Future. That, plus found footage? Don't have particularly high hopes for that.
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10:31PM on 06/24/2014
Have they not yet learned that reboots don't work? If it MUST be done the only formula that seems to generate revenue are sequel/reboots.
Have they not yet learned that reboots don't work? If it MUST be done the only formula that seems to generate revenue are sequel/reboots.
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10:33PM on 06/24/2014
Trust me I hate myself for saying that too but it seems to be true.
Trust me I hate myself for saying that too but it seems to be true.
10:14PM on 06/24/2014
Sounds like Hollywood needs a reboot at this point.
Sounds like Hollywood needs a reboot at this point.
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10:29PM on 06/24/2014
I 2nd that comment Solo.
I 2nd that comment Solo.
11:52PM on 06/24/2014
Absolutely. We need some new film makers, maybe some of us here even, to bring new ideas to the table. Make low budget but high quality films focusing on characters and human situations. I mean literally 99.9% of what we are getting consists if reboots, superhero movies (hit and miss) and a lot of really shallow, watered down crap. Unless there's a revolution of sorts in cinema it's going to burn itself out.
Absolutely. We need some new film makers, maybe some of us here even, to bring new ideas to the table. Make low budget but high quality films focusing on characters and human situations. I mean literally 99.9% of what we are getting consists if reboots, superhero movies (hit and miss) and a lot of really shallow, watered down crap. Unless there's a revolution of sorts in cinema it's going to burn itself out.
6:12AM on 06/25/2014
It already has...
It already has...
7:45AM on 06/25/2014
Unfortunately, following the Unwritten Law of Reboots, the Hollywood reboot would be far worse than the current Hollywood.
Unfortunately, following the Unwritten Law of Reboots, the Hollywood reboot would be far worse than the current Hollywood.
12:26PM on 06/25/2014
@schwarzgerät: Dammit! *Snaps Finger* You're right! We're fucked. We need to DOFP Hollywood then. Alter the events that started after the turn of the century. Send our very own T-1000 and change history.
@schwarzgerät: Dammit! *Snaps Finger* You're right! We're fucked. We need to DOFP Hollywood then. Alter the events that started after the turn of the century. Send our very own T-1000 and change history.
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