As one of the most popular films of the early 1980s you would think that Hollywood has been sniffing around a WarGames reboot for quite some time now. And it turns out they have, but not in the way that you probably imagined. That’s because WarGames is indeed being rebooted, but as an interactive video game where you can decide the outcome.
Variety confirmed that MGM, the studio that owns the rights to WarGames, has joined together with Interlude, an interactive video company, to create this unique new take on the film. They’ve even given themselves a date that it wil be released, too, insisting that the WarGames digital remake will premiere in the early months of 2016.
Will WarGames still be set during the height of the Cold War when nuclear annihilation only seemed to be the push of a button away? Or will it be adapted to a modern setting? Plus, will Matthew Broderick return in any capacity? The answer to the latter is obviously of upmost importance, and unfortunately we just don’t know at this moment.
Since the WarGames interactive video game will be rebooted with an entire new set of characters and storylines it doesn't look too good for Broderick's return. It will be set in modern times, however, the story is still being sketched out, but MGM and Interlude are admant it will combine the intimacy of an interactive game with the scope of a movie.
WarGames saw Broderick star as David Lightman, a young hacker who inadvertently stumbles upon the War Operation Plan Response, which just so happens to be the United States military supercomputer programmed to predict the outcomes of a nuclear war. As a precocious young hacker, Lightman immediately starts to play the simulator, believing that it’s simply a game that won’t have any repercussions whatsoever. Unfortunately, though, he almost instigates World War III, as he starts a national nuclear missile scare.
But why did MGM decide to reboot WarGames in this fashion, rather than bringing it back to the big screen? Well, Roman Khanna, the MGM Television Group and Digital president, explained it perfectly, saying:
WarGames is the perfect MGM title for this innovative technology. It allows us to engage the audience in the fundamental questions of, ‘What would you do?'
Interlude CEO Yoni Bloch believes that WarGames is the ideal film to take advantage of the combination of cinema and gaming, as its narrative offers up an infinite amount of different avenues to go down.
The studio admitted that they don’t really have a longterm plan for their WarGames interactive experience. Instead, they just want to learn about how to tap into the medium and how they can experiment with this new branch of storytelling. They believe that, over the ensuing years, this will become a key component in moviemaking.
Anyway, if it fails, they can just follow every other Hollywood studio by simply rebooting WarGames as a movie instead.