WarGames: The Dead Code (2008)

Stuart Gillard directed the third Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, the remake of The Initiation of Sarah and episodes of the classic and reboot of Charmed. For some reason, MGM wanted a sequel to WarGames a quarter of a century later and he was the man to make it. The more cynical of us would say, “That was just to keep the copyright.”

I don’t know who else has been trying to make WarGames that it would need a copyright.

This film has RIPLEY instead of WOPR, but that old computer also shows up. Where we only had nukes back in 1983, this time there are drones and the fully connected World Wide Web. It also has some brand synergy, as the main character is playing Stargate Worlds, a game that would never be released.

Brand synergy you say? Back in 2008, this was announced as just one in a series of direct-to-DVD sequels, which also included two new Stargate films, a remake of Audrey RoseCutting Edge 3 (also directed by Gillard), a sequel to the 2002 movie Dark Blue, a spin-off called Legally Blondes and Species: The Awakening.

You can watch this on Tubi.

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