MGM readying 'WarGames' remake: Who should log-on to star?


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The world has changed since WarGames was the fifth biggest blockbuster of 1983. The cold war ended. Suicidal terrorists replaced nuclear mutually assured destruction as the ultimate nightmare. And computers, thankfully, got much, much, much smaller. In other words, it’s a great time to resurrect the story of a mischievous American teenager who nearly starts a war when he hacks into the military’s most powerful computer, as Deadline reported that MGM has decided to do. For one thing, Matthew Broderick’s whiz kid isn’t some rare oddball anymore. Hackers have long since become a staple of techno-thrillers, and you only have to look to recent headlines — like the 19-year-old British kid who cracked the CIA computers — for evidence of our real-world technological vulnerability. In addition, today’s audience is much-more computer savvy; even your parents can follow a complex plot full of high-tech mumbo-jumbo.

MGM is talking to Seth Gordon about the project, according to his spokesperson, and though the Horrible Bosses‘ director is best known for his more recent comedies, he also directed a 2009 online documentary for McAfee antivirus software titled, H*Commerce: The Business of Hacking You. (He also went to the same high school as Bill Gates and Paul Allen, so he’s got more than a little cyber cred.)

The crucial question is who should play the role that helped make Broderick a star. WarGames set the table for Ferris Bueller, and there were definitely clues to Ferris in the too-smart-for-his-own-good character of DavidĀ — right down to the hacking into the schools’ computers scenes in both films. Ten years ago, Topher Grace would’ve been the perfect guy to be at the keyboard, but he’s long since graduated from high-school roles. Today, I could see Anton Yelchin or Josh Hutcherson in the role, but let me suggest another name. Like Broderick, he’s a Broadway star, but I think you may know him: Daniel Radcliffe.

Who would you cast as the young hacker in a new WarGames movie? Would you consider making him a her?

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  • Elizabeth

    Bieber and Selena Gomez… if you’re going to remake these movies to make money (because what’s the point of a remake/re-imagining in the first place), might as well go for the demographic and get your tween uber-couple and call it a day.

    • obvious

      Suuuuuuuuuuure.. picky those 2, If they only want to cater to “1” age group.. sure! you’re a d*mb *ss

      • obvious

        yea.. if they picked those 2 the movie would not make much money. movies specifically like wargames HAS to appeal to a larger audience in order to compensate for it’s specific movie type. if they remade it with gomez and bieber then only sci-fi freaks of biebers age group would watch it.. that would be a small audience and they’d lose money they have to appeal to a wide group because it’d be a sci-fi movie. not a teenage drama heart beat twilight type movie.. “duh?”

  • c

    Jusitn Bieber

  • Carla Houston

    Shia LaBeouf!

  • Dave

    No one. The remake shouldn’t happen.

    • Mary


  • Me

    If the remake actually happens I would like to see Radcliffe.

    • DFSF

      Radcliffe would be perfect for the role.

    • abadstroller

      Daniel Radcliffe, yes. But why not mix it up and have the lead be female? Clever geeky girls out there?

      • MissM

        Emma Watson?

  • Cat

    Anton Yelchin really is a great suggestion. He’s got that geeky smart innocence.

  • Tracey

    If they are going to make a remake, I think that Logan Lerman or Kylan Gallner would make good choices.

  • @SeanMarkle

    This could become a movie about vampire hackers so easily

  • An Average Sized Mustache

    Peter O’Toole!

    • waya

      Yeah, why does it have to be a kid? Why not some old geezer in the seniors home? Would at least give it a new twist.

      • An Average Sized Mustache

        Serious. Maybe he would accidentally hack the military’s computers while playing Sudoku online.

      • Lisa Simpson

        Yeah, but who hasn’t had THAT happen.

  • Joshua

    How about a nice game of chess?

  • waya

    The only way to do a remake, is to not do one at all.

    • Lisa Simpson

      There have been a few remakes that have been worthwhile (The Thomas Crown Affair, for one). The key is too bring something new to the movie, and with all the new technology, War Games is a movie – if done right – that could make for an interesting remake. A snappy script stylishly filmed goes a long way.

      • Adam

        DUmb BICH!!! Dats a line frum da movie LULZ!!!

        The only way to make a smart comment is not to leave one.

  • GS

    If they want this to work, they will need good writing and solid ideas of what can and can’t be done with technology. You can’t rip off the original script, which was somewhat far-fetched even in ’83.

  • Cat

    Taylor Lautner

  • DN

    Because computers and world affairs have changed so much, this is one movie that would be good for a remake.

    I’m nearly always against remaking films, but a remake of “War Games” would have to be so vastly different, in both is computer languages and world threats that it should naturally look vastly different from the original. I watched the film recently and the computers are so archaic that it was quite humorous.

    And the original would still be a classic to sit right beside the remake as it captured a moment in time.

    • Lisa Simpson

      I completely agree. A remake has to bring something new to the story, and not just a lot of winking and nudging at the original.

  • LM

    The new Spiderman might be good.

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