Tim Hill, director of last Easters so-so HOP, has been hired to co-write and direct the reboot of SHORT CIRCUIT. The original story two scientists create a robot designed to work in a cold war environment – when it is struck by lightning it develops a personality. For the update Hill and his team are planning to have their “Johnny 5” befriend a pre teen or teen girl and they go off on a merry modern day adventure. In an interview with 24 Frames Blog Hill said:
“The thing that makes it so relevant is that we live in this age of robots, particularly when it comes to war,” Hill, also a longtime writer on the television series “SpongeBob SquarePants,” told 24 Frames. “We have drones that do our fighting for us, do all these jobs men and women don’t want to do. And that’s what makes this so interesting — things like this moment in the story when Johnny realizes he’s going to be disassembled and contemplates death, and whether it’s right to terminate someone else.”
He paused, “These are heavy themes for a family movie,” he said, anticipating a reasonable reader’s reaction. “But I think they can have their place.”
Indeedy, the full article can be found here: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/movies/2012/04/short-circuit-tim-hill-remake-director-american-reunion.html?_r=true
I’ve gotta say my scepticism meter is off the charts on this one. Johnny 5 already suffered a sequel – leave this 80’s cinema classic alone or at least bring in William Monahan to do a re-write. Sure the robot will smoke, swear, possibly do drugs and kill people but at least it’ll be innovative!