Director and Writer Chosen for WarGames Remake; Lead Shortlisted


The rumours surrounding MGM’s remake of WarGames have been circulating for a while now, but it’s looking like we’ll be seeing the film very soon. A director and writer have been chosen, and two actors have been shortlisted to take on the lead role.

The Wrap is reporting that Dean Israelite, the short-film director whose time travel-found footage film Project Almanac (formerly known as Welcome to Yesterday) is to hit U.S. cinemas in January, is in final negotiations to helm the remake. Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) was previously attached to direct, but stepped off the project in order to helm Sony’s Uncharted movie.

Arash Amel, the writer behind the Aaron Eckhart-starring thriller Erased and the ill-received Grace Kelly biopic Grace of Monaco, is to pen the screenplay. Previous drafts were written by Noah Oppenheim (The Maze Runner) and Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk).

The original 1983 film saw Matthew Broderick star as a young man who hacks into a military central computer thinking it’s just a game, nearly starting World War III in the process. The new film “is expected to follow a teenage hacker who unwittingly sets off a virus bent on destroying the world’s computer systems.”

Ansel Elgort and Tye Sheridan are the two actors vying for the lead role. Elgort is all the rage at the moment, since he’s the male lead in the YA tear-jerking adaptation The Fault in Our Stars, and Sheridan has been creating a great body of work in films like The Tree of Life, Mud and Joe. We’ll let you know as soon as the lead is chosen.

Just to refresh your memory, here’s the trailer for the original WarGames: