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WarGames getting updated as interactive video short

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Hacking into a government supercomputer won’t be required to participate in a new take on WarGames.

The 1983 cyber-thriller starring Matthew Broderick as a teenage computer whiz who nearly starts World War III is being rebooted as an interactive video short, MGM and Interlude announced Tuesday.

Billed as a modern take on the original, the WarGames short will give audiences various opportunities to affect the outcome of the narrative, not unlike a Choose Your Own Adventure book, thus encouraging repeat viewings.

WarGames is more relevant than ever; it combines a look at hacking with the moral issues of treating war as a game,” said Yoni Bloch, CEO and a founder of Interlude. “Our goal is to create a new medium, and to bring this gripping story to a whole new generation that is now demanding more immersive video experiences.”

Written by Lawrence Lasker and Walter F. Parkes and directed by John Badham, the original WarGames was the fifth-highest-grossing movie of 1983 and was nominated for three Oscars. A sequel, WarGames: The Dead Code, was released straight to video in 2008.