'King of Kong's' Seth Gordon Rebooting MGM's 'WarGames' Remake
Interesting news on the remake front tonight. Deadline says that MGM is planning a "reboot" of the 1983 Matthew Broderick classic WarGames and they've brought in none other than The King of Kong director Seth Gordon to develop and direct. Since directing that fan favorite documentary about arcade games, Gordon has been off directing comedies for Warner Bros like Four Christmases and Horrible Bosses, but now he's got quite a bit of cred and it sounds like this is another project he's setting up to work on. It doesn't make sense for this to be a sequel, but a reboot/update might work out, if they go all out with the right idea.
There aren't many other details on this at the moment, but Deadline reminds us at least that the guys who took over MGM were formerly from Spyglass Entertainment, who produced Four Christmases with Seth Gordon, so they're familiar with him. Look, WarGames is one of my all-time favorite nerd classic movies, I love it, and I don't want it tainted. But I've heard some ideas for a reboot and as long as they don't make this cheesy or dumb it down or anything like that, it could be pretty cool. If anything, at least Gordon has spent plenty of time in the past with King of Kong and can bring some of that nostalgia, hopefully, to this reboot.
Seth Gordon is also attached to all kinds of remake and adaptations, including King Dork, Mr. Romance, The King of Kong fictional version, Man Camp, Suicide Squad, Mixtape and finally, The Only Living Boy in New York. A lot on his plate, so we're not sure when he'll find time to develop this, but I'm going to hope for the best anyway! If you have never see WarGames, do yourself a huge favor and pick it up right now, it's worth a watch, it's a classic and still great to watch even today. And we'll keep you updated on MGM's plans.