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Yes, they ARE still remaking 'Short Circuit.' Not only is it still on, but today, Dimension Film landed itself a writer. Matt Lieberman, who apparently has very little screenwriting experience but went through the Disney writers program, has been tasked with re-imagining the 1986 comedy starring Steve Guttenberg and Fisher Stevens. Lieberman will be working closely with already assigned director Tim Hill ('Alvin and the Chipmunks,' 'Hop'). 'Short Circuit,' for the eight of you who don't know, is the story of a military robot brought to life by a surge of electricity caused by a lightning strike, which makes him talk with a silly voice and crave input. No word yet has been released as to how the remake might differ story-wise from the original. The new 'Short Circuit' is slated for release next summer with filming to begin at the end of this year.
Now I know you're all asking the same question, "why remake this movie?" Well, you're absolutely right to ask that. It's not as if I think the original film is sacred ground on which no one may tread. It's just a property that is far from aching for an update. There's nothing about the story that is especially innovative. I mean, a film about a formerly inanimate entity suddenly endowed with consciousness by a bolt of lightning who then wrestles with the nature of his own existence? I think Igor is the only thing missing from this equation. I'm not sure which is more distressing, the fact that they are moving forward with a 'Short Circuit' remake, the fact that the guy behind 'Alvin and the Chipmunks' is directing it, or the fact that they hired the first guy who walked by their office to write the script. But we really can't effectively weigh in on this project until we know who the studio has lined up to play the Fisher Stevens role...and who's the new Gute?
Is anyone excited about this remake? Who would you cast? How will they update Johnny 5?