‘Short Circuit’ Remake Snags Writer

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Short Circuit remake writing Matt Lieberman Short Circuit Remake Snags Writer

The Short Circuit remake has been a bit of an odd prospect. In fact, unlike so many other upcoming remakes and reboots, the jury is still kind of out on whether this particular project is a good or bad thing. While children of the ’80s like myself have fond memories of the original John Badham film starring Steve Guttenberg and Fisher Stevens, there’s a whole new generation that is pretty much unawares that that film existed. According to our own Screen Rant rules for remakes, that means this remake is fair game.

Of course, the news that Alvin and the Chipmunks and Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties director Tim Hill was going to be helming the Short Circuit remake has been something of a mixed blessing  – so news that scripting duties have now been handed to Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief writer Matt Lieberman is not likely to inspire further confidence.

To be fair, Lieberman’s resume is pretty solid, including a degrees from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts and a seal of factory approval from Disney’s screenwriting program. All of which has prepared him to write a hopefully less-than-terrible update of the story of Number 5, a robot that gains sentience and – unlike those bad mechanical apples in iRobot – chooses to live a peaceful, carefree existence as opposed to being a military weapon. Michael Bay’s Transformers could stand to learn a thing or two from that wholesome example…

So far, on paper, it doesn’t sound like Short Circuit has much of a chance at being a worthy homage to the original. But again, to be fair, Hill has a string of successful kids films (Muppets In Space is definitely a standout) and Lieberman has some impressive schooling behind him, if not experience. Cutting his teeth on a project like this will definitely present a proper challenge.

Short Circuit is still on track for release some time in 2013.

Source: Dimension Films


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  1. This is the first remake that actually upsets me. I do not want this to happen.

    Make Short Circuit 3 if you have to… I could live with that.

  2. “To say this remake is being envisioned as a kids film would be an understatement.”

    I’m curious… was there ever any doubt that the original was a kid’s film? I have trouble imagining a remake being any different.

    • don’t get me wrong… lol

      I LOVED the first film when it came out, and I was in my 20s at the time.

  3. There will only ever be one Johnny-5. This CGI crapfest, bastardization of my childhood will definitely NOT be Johnny-5.

    The only thing that could be worse would be if someone wrote an article about Number 5 and then put a pic of Number 1 on it. :)

  4. I agree I wanna see Johnny 5 alive

  5. Wow. Couldn’t they get anybody better? I’d almost rather be forced to sit through a Twilight marathon than watch yet another childhood favorite of mine be destroyed.

  6. You know, I love a good remake, key word good (and lets not open that can of worms right now), but Short Circuit? This is right up there with the Karate Kid remake (Thanks for making that happen so that I could be aware of your spoiled petulant little child, Will Smith.) this is just blasphemy. On the upside I’ll be bitching about this for days, maybe weeks. So, thanks for that?

  7. God help us.

  8. HA! Poor number 5

  9. I hope they at least have the decency to use the same or very similar yet slightly updated/modernized robots.

    NO CGI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. I still watch Short Circuit at least once a year. It was one of the VERY first movies I remember seeing as a child. Never Ending Story was another… Goonies and Spaceballs and Gremlins…

    The Gremlins would be a good franchise to reboot or add onto…

    I hate remakes…. What happened to good old fashioned sequels?

  11. well, i seem to be in the minority here. i couldn’t stand the 1st one, and now they have people who were involved with crappy movies to do a remake of a crappy movie? are the good ideas all used up?

  12. i can’t decide what would be worse:

    this more kiddy version of a classic children’s movie from the 80s (i loved to originals)

    or if they decided to make it a “dark and gritty” version of the johnny 5.

    either way they should just leave this one alone! for christ sakes, are they gonna remake the Goonies with justin bieber?

    god forbid they EVER try and do a “remake” of the Back to the Future trilogy. i think i would actually cry if they did that.

  13. That’s just great, a another family clasic 80’s movie being remade.

    I just hope studios don’t plan to make remakes for The Goonies and Gremlins.

    Those movies are my favourite when I was a kid.

  14. Awww man… WHY?
    This was a great movie, and should be left as is.

  15. Hey, it COULD be worse…think if they decided to go dark like with the Munsters reboot; it’s like the Jessica Biel/Josh Lucas movie “Stealth”, except ground-based and without a bikini-clad Biel to drool over…

  16. Wow get a bad writer and a stupid director on the same project and viol-ah! How are these people still employed by any studio?

    You want to know WHY this is happening to the industry? Because NONE OF YOU ARE IN FILM SCHOOL! (including myself)

  17. No remakes! Leave this poor, sweet robot as he is! Short Circuit and Short Circuit 2 are my favourite movies of all time! Make a Short Circuit 3 for crying out loud! I’ll bawl my eyes out if Johnny Five’s appearance or personality was changed. And please, Tim Hill, don’t make this a kiddy movie OR a dark movie that shows a Johnny with no emotion or love! Well, Johnny Five now,Johnny Five forever!!! 😀