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