In WarGames Remake We Are All Matthew Broderick

Posted 8:58 AM July 25th, 2014 by Fred Topel
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In 1983's WarGames, Matthew Broderick played a teenage hacker who hacked into the military computer system and accidentally started World War III. In the early days of personal computing, it was only a special expert hacker who could be the focus of the story. When Dean Israelite makes the new WarGames, it will be in a world where everyone has access to computers and internet. Really, we’re all the Matthew Broderick character at this point.

“I think that’s part of both the challenge, but [also] the opportunity,” Israelite said at Comic-Con while discussing his first feature, Project Almanac. “The first movie was a high concept film because he was unique in that way. Now, it’s not high concept anymore. It’s real in a sense. I think we have to lean into all of that and get into what that means. I think that has its own scary ramifications for the world we live in today. We’re trying to dig into all of that in a cool way.”

Project Almanac is due in theaters in the beginning of 2015, so Israelite still has time to work on the Wargames script. “We’re working really hard to make it a film in its own right, to not be a remake in terms of trying to tell the same story again. That wouldn’t make any sense. Times have changed. That movie I think was cool because it was bold for its time, and it was a little bit before its time, was cutting edge. So we’re trying to do the same thing. We’re trying to make a bold comment for our time, but obviously the times have changed. So it should be hopefully a movie completely in its own rite.”

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