The King Of Kong Director Is Launching A WarGames Reboot

The King Of Kong Director Is Launching A WarGames Reboot

Global Thermonuclear War is coming back to the big screen courtesy of the man who brought a battle between two Donkey Kong high score warriors to film. Seth Gordon, director of 2007’s The King of King: A Fistful of Quarters is re-directing WarGames.

Deadline reports that Gordon is tackling a reboot for MGM of the 1983 movie in which a teenage hacker breaks into what he thinks is a video game company’s computer network, but turns out to be a US military supercomputer. Global nuclear war almost ensues.

The original film spawned a Colecovision game in 1983 and in 1998 was the basis for WarGames: DEFCON 1, a game for the PC and PlayStation. The Cold War thriller also had a sequel of sorts, WarGames 2: The Dead Code, which no one saw in 2008.

The original WarGames showcased simple PC games, including checkers, chess and the fictional Falken’s Maze. Who wants to place some bets that MMOs and first-person shooters, all running on the WOPR 360, will replace them in the reboot?

‘King Of Kong’ Director Seth Gordon Ready To Play ‘War Games’ In MGM Reboot [Deadline]


  • This movie was by and by a product of the 1980s and its relevance is diminished for modern audiences. Cold War paranoia and fear of what at the time was an emerging technology but is now a commonly accepted part of everyday life drove the film. I’m not sure why you’d want to resurrect this relic of a film.

    • This.

      We all know that Hollywood is out of ideas for new films but to take a film that was based upon Cold War paranoia and reboot it is just stupid.

    • I disagree heartily sir. This is one of those rare stories that can be updated for the modern day easily. With the modern day paranoia of terrorism taking the place of communism (every Muslims a mad bomber don’tcha know! Reds under the bed!) the Internet itself being the new supercomputers testing ground, which makes far more sense and makes suspension of disbelief a little more likely. The Broderick factor being at -100% is going to harm it though :/
      If you’re looking for alternative enemies to instigate tensions with, there’s always North Korea as the Asian boogeyman and Red Dawns remakes already done that (ok it was originally china and now they’re digitally changing them…)

      But let’s clarify something. Do I think it’ll be a good movie? Hell no. Most remakes blow chunks.

  • I love the original. Mainly for nostalgic reasons and the fact that looking back at all the “high tech” equipment he uses to hack into the US Army’s computers.
    Don’t know how well a reboot would go nowadays though. I guess they could make it about the kid trying to hack PSN or something… 😉

  • Don’t think this movie would work now, leaving out all the outdated tech and comunication limits, without rewatching the movie I can remember 4 or 5 situations in which given present world issues and way of life, the main character would have been shot dead.

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