Exclusive: Director Seth Gordon Talks WARGAMES Remake

     June 24, 2011

seth-gordon-wargames-slice

This afternoon, Collider got the opportunity to do an exclusive phone interview with director Seth Gordon, to talk about his hilarious and outrageous new comedy Horrible Bosses, out in theaters on July 8th.  Since it was just announced that he has signed on to develop the remake of the 1983 sci-fi thriller WarGames, that co-starred Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy, we were able to talk to him about that as well.

While we will run the portion of the interview about Horrible Bosses closer to that film’s release date, we wanted to post what he had to say about his WarGames remake today.  Gordon told us that he was attracted to the project because he loves the original and is a bit of a hacker fanatic himself, he has a real point-of-view on the material and how the world has changed since the original film, and that he sees the attention on the project as a cool challenge to make the best film they possibly can. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

seth-gordon-imageQuestion: Is the remake of WarGames the thing that you’re going to be focusing on next?

SETH GORDON: That’s a big project, and I’m going to be focusing on it immediately, but not exclusively. It will take a long time ‘cause we have to write it and then cast it. It’s a lot of steps. I’m hoping to get that going, and also sneak a smaller film, in between.

What is it about that film that appeals to you and made you feel like it was something that you could put your own stamp on?

GORDON: I love the original. I’m a bit of a hacker fanatic, and know a fair bit about that industry and cyber crime and cyber warfare. I have a real point-of-view on the material and how things have changed. And also, I think the politics of the world have changed in really fascinating ways since 1983. There’s no longer a monolithic evil empire somewhere, spreading a different philosophy of life. That doesn’t exist. It’s a much more complicated, nuanced, political world we’re in, and I think that actually makes for a more interesting plot to tell. Frankly, cyber attack is a lot more real.

As a filmmaker who, up until now, has gotten to make films without the attention being on them until they’re done, is it daunting to have so much attention focused on you for a project, pretty much as soon as you sign on the dotted line?

GORDON: No, I think it’s fine. I prepared myself mentally already for those who love the original so much that they’ll never like what we do, no matter what it is. That’s just a given. And then, beyond that, I just think it’s about trusting our instincts and making the best film we possibly can. I don’t find that daunting. I find it a cool challenge, honestly.

wargames_movie_image

 

wargames_movie_image

Tags

Around The Web

Latest News

SUICIDE SQUAD Set Videos and Photos Reveal Batman in Action and Mysterious Creatures

Apparently we're going to see this whole chase sequence before the film hits theaters.

  • Spoiler

13 Things to Know About EXTANT Season 2

Halle Berry, Jeffrey Dean Moregan, show creator Mickey Fisher and co-showrunners Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro talk about the upcoming season of the CBS series.

THE END OF THE TOUR Trailer Sends Us on a Trip with David Foster Wallace

Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg star in the Sundance hit.

LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN Reboot in the Works at Fox

Sean Connery is surely thrilled.

BURYING THE EX: New Trailer Teases Joe Dante’s Horror Rom-Com

Anton Yelchin, Alexandra Daddario and Ashley Green star in the horror master's latest.

POINT BREAK Remake Trailer Dives into the World of Extreme Sports

Edgar Ramirez and Luke Bracey fill the roles previously played by Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze.

BELLE Director to Helm David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike in A UNITED KINGDOM

Amma Asante will direct the true story of royal family member Seretse Khama, who came under fire when he married a white woman in 1949.

Poster Roundup: POINT BREAK, JURASSIC WORLD, MAGIC MIKE XXL, and More

Plus the posters for Woody Allen’s ‘Irrational Man’ and the patriot dog movie, ‘Max’.

SAN ANDREAS: 18 Things to Know About the Dwayne Johnson Disaster Movie

Johnson, Alexandra Daddario, Paul Giamatti, and more spill the beans about their new film, Spielberg influences, and more.

THE COLLIDER PODCAST: Episode 7 – TOMORROWLAND

Matt and Adam talk about the film's themes, flaws, goals, post-production, and how the movie relates to the careers of director Brad Bird and co-writer Damon Lindelof.

Page 1 of 3,96612345...102030...Last »