Johnny Five Is Alive! In Short Circuit Remake
by Mike Noyes on February 4, 2012

Dimension films is embarking on remaking another beloved ’80s film. This time its Short Circuit.

Matt Lieberman has been signed write the film about the lovable runaway robot.

Tim Hill (Hop and Alvin and the Chipmunks) is attached to direct the film which is looking at a summer 2013 release.

“Dimension has had great success with the Spy Kids family series which grossed over $500 million worldwide,” Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Co., who oversees the Dimension label, said. “We are looking for Short Circuit to be our next family franchise.”

For those too young to remember, Short Circuit is the story of a military robot that is truck by lighting and develops its own unique personality and desire for survival, the scientists trying to track it down and the woman the robot befriends. A very mediocre sequel was released in 1988.

Being that the hope of the remake is to create a new family franchise I’m sure they’ll have Johnny Five befriend a couple of kids instead of a woman. This remake has potential, but there are many memorable moments from the original that I know the remake will be lacking.

It is unsure if Steve Guttenberg, Ally Sheedy or Fisher Stevens will reprise their roles or make cameo appearances. Also, being that Tim Hill did the Chipmunks movie, I really hope they don’t go with a CGI robot.



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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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