We ignored covering this for a little bit hoping it was a mistake, but apparently the honchos over at Dimension Films have had a short circuit of their own and are going ahead with a remake of the endlessly entertaining and oft quotable Steve Guttenberg masterpiece that is Short Circuit. In perhaps a glimmer of hope, the original writers, S.S. Wilson and Brent Maddock, have both been hired back on to script the remake.
Gary Foster, a produce on the original said that the remake will be reminiscent of the original and similar in scope and story, but modified to reflect the current trends and advances in technology.
The original flick, of which I am a fan, and presumably the remake, both follow Johnny 5, an advanced war fighting robot that, after being struck by lightning, develops a conscience and personality. Johnny 5 was then pursued by his three bad ass brothers and the government, all while just trying to chill with his newfound human friends and admiring butterflies.
If you haven’t already, go check out the original – its lots of fun and ok for the whole family to watch. Still entertaining to even us youngsters. This way, you’ll have plenty to complain about alongside me after the new one comes out! Though I guess we should hold out some hope for this flick, as the original writers are involved. Personally though, I’m sure I’ll be disappointed when our lovable tank-treaded laser cannon sporting hero takes on a new look.
Johnny 5 is Alive. Always.