WarGames Getting The Remake Treatment

This smells like a bad idea. Wouldn't you prefer a nice game of chess... or would that now be Minecraft?

This is what cutting edge computing (and hair) looked like in 1983.

Has it finally moved beyond a cliché to say that Hollywood’s entirely and absolutely out of ideas? Deadline reports that MGM’s hired a scriptwriter to have a fresh crack at 1983’s WarGames, a film that should be near to the heart of geeks of a certain age. Yeah, I’m one of them.

WarGames has been reformatted a couple of times over the years -- there was a moderately decent Playstation game, as well as a sequel, WarGames: The Dead Code. The less said about that, the better. But the original is rather solidly a product of its age, when the concept of hooking up a computer via a chunky accoustic coupler was seen as futuristic computer wizardry to a large part of its audience, and the spectre of nuclear war felt very real. In the Internet age, are we really all that scared of computers any more?

Now that I think about it, it can't have moved beyond a cliché, because then it'd wrap around the other side and become fresh and interesting. Call me jaded, but I don't think the word "fresh" applies here.

[Deadline via SFX]