MGM is currently in negotiations with with Dean Israelite to direct and Arash Amel to script their planned remake of the 1983 thriller WarGames. According to Deadline, the studio is close to signing Israelite, who just made his directing debut on Paramount’s InSurge and Platinum Dunes’s American Almanac.
GM has been trying to get a WarGames remake off the ground for a while now and had previously had Seth Gordon Green interested in the project.
The original film starred Matthew Broderick as a computer hacker who inadvertently breaks into a military computer and almost cause a nuclear war. Although the technology in the film is definitely of its time and hasn’t aged well over the last three decades, the premise itself still has plenty of relevance with things like identity theft and cyber-terrorism being ongoing concerns of the day.