by: Donna Whitehead
Action-film writer Zak Penn will write a remake of “WarGames,” the 1983 sci-fi thriller starring Matthew Broderick, for MGM. The film follows a high school gamer who discovers a code in a game that sets off a chain of real-life catastrophes, and could instigate World War III. A remake was previously in development at MGM in 2011, under writer Neal Oppenheim and director Seth Gordon, but did not come to fruition.
Penn has big shoes to fill; the original film garnered writers Lawrence Lasker and Walter F. Parkes an Oscar nomination. But he’s no stranger to large-scale adaptations, having written “X-Men: The Last Stand” and “The Incredible Hulk,” and having recently been tapped to pen “The Karate Kid 2.” The remake is being produced with Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire production company. Schwartz and Savage are best known known for their involvement with “Gossip Girl,” “The Carrie Diaries,” and other teen-oriented programming. Hopefully, between Penn’s action chops and Schwartz and Savage’s teen experience, they can pull it off.
Penn is repped by CAA.