80s film WarGames is getting rebooted and made for the present day as #WarGames, an "interactive series" that's being created by Eko, in partnership with MGM. Directed by John Badham, the original WarGames film came out in 1983 and told the story of a secondary school hacker who accidentally started a series of events that risked the start of World War 3 at the height of the Cold War.
This new reboot looks to play off the recent history of high-profile corporate leaks and hacks, with the trailer referring to the recent Equifax breach that resulted in criminals targeting 15.2 million records based in the UK, and millions more around the world. Corporate hacking and the consequences thereof may well be the focus, to provide a more relevant tale than the thread of nuclear warfare amidst the Cold War.
01 Jan 2018,12:00pm
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The reboot has been created by Sam Barlow, executive creative director at Eko, following his previous project, Her Story. Her Story is an award-winning and critically acclaimed video game about going through police interview tapes, cut up into tiny segments, and piecing together the story as they're told out of order. It's a cinematic game, shot on a camera with a live-action actress, with #WarGames following a similar sort of path, albeit as a series rather than direct video game.
#WarGames is releasing in 2018, with the teaser trailer above being the only footage shown so far. Jess Nurse will be playing the lead, having previously worked on ABC's Scandal and as a co-star on Netflix's Grace and Frankie.
Eko, the team behind #WarGames, have recently made headlines with their series That Moment When, a comedy series where the viewer decides the direction the show takes. In short episodes, the viewer can click on their browser to choose options like choosing a part of a friend to compliment.
It's likely that #WarGames will follow suit, with the viewer influencing how the story progresses, what scenes are shown, and how characters interact. Given the nature of #WarGames, it is likely to be only available through Eko's site, as many traditional video playing services don't have the capability for viewer input in this capacity. Barlow describes it as being experimental, unlike a conventional choose your own adventure story.
He also has stated on Twitter that the hacker protagonist is supposed to be likable, referring to how Badham was taken on to the original film to ensure it was fun. The project was alluded to two years ago, in 2015, when Eko announced MGM's involvement in a $14.2 million funding round for Eko, although this is the first time Eko have released a trailer for the project.