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.
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Zedd - If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? (Well, answer my question!)
Arrow (Okay, Felicity from Arrow!)
Chrissy Costanza (cat eyes and buttery lyrics!)
Girls (TV) (Okay, Allison Williams!)
Movies - especially when they play in the dark.
Twin Peaks (TV)
Friends (TV) (It had me at "No way are you cool enough to pull Clint"; damn straight, Chandler!)
Traveling - preferably where water is, so I can splash someone!
Star Wars trilogy - no, the other one, fella!
Alex G - far more talented than her younger brother Alex H
Cameron Crowe movies - Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous
The sign 'Free Wi-Fi'.
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Die Hard - 40 stories of Sheer Adventure!
Alex Goot & Friends (his enemies aren't half as talented!)
Cooking up a nice dish and sitting in the entertainment area, on a cool night, basking in it's greatness.
Inflatable kids pools full of Vodka Lime Crush.
Acidic Email from angry, over passionate teenagers after I trash something "Twilight"-related on the site. Sparkle elsewhere.
My baby girl's big, caring heart.