The creator of Her Story has teamed up with MGM and interactive entertainment company Eko for a reimagining of WarGames, the 1983 Cold War thriller. Titled #WarGames, creator Sam Barlow’s modern spin on a hacker (or, in this case, hackers) versus the government will be released in 2018.
In a press release, MGM and Eko described the new #WarGames as “a thrilling tale of modern espionage, hacking and government conspiracy.”
“With #WarGames I was thrilled to take the questions raised by the original movie and ask them again in a world where technology has fundamentally changed our lives,” Barlow said in a statement. “To do that interactively felt like a perfect marriage of form and content. I am excited to introduce viewers to the new hacker protagonist, Kelly, who represents the breadth of modern hacker culture and its humanity. As viewers help steer her story, I hope they will fall in love with her as much as the #WarGames team did!”
The original WarGames starred Matthew Broderick as hacker David Lightman, a high school student who unwittingly hacks into a U.S. military supercomputer, dubbed the WOPR, while searching for new video games to play. Lightman’s meddling with the supercomputer almost kicks off World War III after the WOPR’s programming interprets a simulation of global nuclear war not as a game, but as a real exercise.
Barlow is best known as the creator of Her Story, an interactive mystery adventure (and Polygon’s Game of the Year in 2015). Barlow is also working on what he called a “spiritual successor” to Her Story.
#WarGames is the second interactive series coming from Eko. The company released That Moment When, a seven-episode, choose your own adventure-style sitcom, with Sony Pictures Entertainment earlier this year. You can watch That Moment When at the Eko website. #WarGames will be available to watch on the Eko website, the Eko presents mobile app, and on “a range of partner platforms” still to be announced.