A few hours back we reported that “Horrible Bosses” and “King of Kong” helmer Seth Gordon was at the helm of a “WarGames” remake that’s brewing over at MGM. As dubious as I am (I mean, come on! It’s John Badham’s “WarGames”! does any really want to see it redone!?) Gordon does seem hell-bent on making a good movie – Sheedy or no Sheedy. And let’s face it, there’s already been a direct-to-video sequel to “WarGames” so if it weren’t for the remake we’d be seeing more of those (the remake has no doubt broken the go button on the DTV franchise). Either way, nobody’s going to leave the ’83 classic alone – just do it justice.
Collider caught up with Gordon, mere clock ticks after the announcement was made that he’d be doing “WarGames”, and got him to talk a little about his plans for the film.
Question: Is the remake of WarGames the thing that you’re going to be focusing on next?
SETH GORDON: That’s a big project, and I’m going to be focusing on it immediately, but not exclusively. It will take a long time ‘cause we have to write it and then cast it. It’s a lot of steps. I’m hoping to get that going, and also sneak a smaller film, in between.
What is it about that film that appeals to you and made you feel like it was something that you could put your own stamp on?
GORDON: I love the original. I’m a bit of a hacker fanatic, and know a fair bit about that industry and cyber crime and cyber warfare. I have a real point-of-view on the material and how things have changed. And also, I think the politics of the world have changed in really fascinating ways since 1983. There’s no longer a monolithic evil empire somewhere, spreading a different philosophy of life. That doesn’t exist. It’s a much more complicated, nuanced, political world we’re in, and I think that actually makes for a more interesting plot to tell. Frankly, cyber attack is a lot more real.
He’s definitely right about that.