How Did This Get Made: Hackers (An Oral History)

How Did This Get Made is a companion to the podcast How Did This Get Made with Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas and June Diane Raphael. This regular feature is written by Blake J. Harris, who you might know as the writer of the book Console Wars, soon to be a motion picture produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. You can listen to the Hackers edition of the HDTGM podcast here

Synopsis: After moving to New York, hacker Dade Murphy (aka “Crash Override”) and his newfound posse of pals discover a plot to unleash a deadly digital threat—the so-called Da Vinci virus—and must use theirCOMPUTER SKILLS to thwart the evil scheme.

Tagline: Their Only Crime was Curiosity

In the latter half of 1995, at the dawn of the digital age, two films came out that dealt heavily with the notion of cyberspace: THE NET(starring Speed-survivor Sandra Bullock) and Hackers (starring a then-unknown British actor). THE NETgrossed over $50 million domestically, while Hackers took in less than $10 million. Yet of the two, Hackers is the one that has withstood the test of time. Why, exactly, did this happen? And, more importantly, what can it tell us about the qualities that may help a movie age well?


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