When MGM asks “Shall we play a game?,” it really means it.
Variety reports the studio’s simmering remake of “WarGames” will be an interactive video that allows viewers to decide the outcome. To that end, MGM has partnered with interactive-video company Interlude on the digital project, targeted for release next year. Plot details are still being worked out.
The 1983 original starred Matthew Broderick as a young hacker who unwittingly accesses a U.S. military supercomputer programmed to predict possible nuclear war outcomes. Believing the computer’s simulation to be a mere video game, the teen triggers a missile scare and very nearly sparks World War III.
MGM, which in 2008 released a direct-to-video sequel called “WarGames: The Dead Code,” has been developing a remake since at least 2013. Last year the studio hired relative newcomer Dean Israelite to direct, but it’s unclear whether he’s still involved with the project.
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