WarGames co-writer on what he'd like to see in a modern-day reboot

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Mar 20, 2017, 5:30 PM EDT

The man who wrote the 1980s sci-fi classic WarGames has some thoughts on how the franchise could translate into the modern day. Not surprisingly, it's a bit different than the video game-y spin of the original.

While speaking at SXSW, co-writer Walter F. Parkes said he recently met with a young director to discuss the property and what form a remake might take (there has been one kicking around development for a few years, though we haven't heard much about it actually happening). Considering how the perception and use of hacking has changed over the past few decades, he said there might be a fresh way to approach the franchise.

Here's an excerpt from his comments:

"I don't think we ever got a hold of — because I don't think we ever imagined the extent to which the systems of this planet would be shared and become one big cybergrid — the sort of destructiveness of the hacker side, of hacker activity. At times, I've actually felt somewhat guilty about that. Did we overly romanticize something? But luckily it turns out that it also inspired people to get into [computers] …

"I was meeting with a really smart young director a couple weeks ago, and he said — I've been thinking about it, there's a good way to redo WarGames. He said that it should be more like WarGames: Breaking Bad, which is, today, that David Lightman character would realize, 'Wait a minute, I have an amazing amount of power.' ... Instead of 'the cute kid almost starts a war and stops it in time,' is this a world about a cute kid who realizes [that] and starts to mete [out] a certain justice, and also selfish behavior, under the guise of social equality through the power he has."

That would certainly be a tough tightrope to walk, but it certainly stands to reason there's space for a new-look version of WarGames. What do you think? Does the world need a new WarGames?

(via The Verge)