Reboot of Broderick starrer in line with studio's library raid
MGM’s 1980s revival continues apace, as the studio is launching development of a remake of 1983 thriller “WarGames” with Seth Gordon attached to direct.
Gordon’s recently completed directing comedy “Horrible Bosses” for New Line, which opens July 8.
The original “WarGames,” starring Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy, was the Cold War tale of a supercomputer running a nuclear war simulation that nearly starts World War III. John Badham directed “WarGames,” a box office hit with $80 million in domestic grosses.
Studio released a reboot of sorts in 2008 with “WarGames: The Dead Code,” which went straight to DVD.
MGM had no comment Thursday, but the move to reboot “WarGames” is in line with The Lion’s strategy of looking for ways to exploit its massive library. MGM execs began moving earlier this year on remakes of 1980s pics “Mr. Mom” and “The Idolmaker” and long-gestating reboots of “RoboCop” and “Poltergeist.”
MGM, which received a $500 million cash infusion late last year, is moving ahead on a 23rd James Bond pic and has launched development of Vin Diesel action-comedy “The Machine” and animated children’s book adaptation “Punk Farm.” MGM has also co-financed “Girl With a Dragon Tattoo” and “21 Jump Street” at Sony and Paramount’s “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.”
Gordon also directed “Four Christmases” for New Line and Spyglass along with the docu “The King of Kong.” He’s repped by WME.