It’s been some time since we’ve heard about the progress of the ‘Short Circuit’ movie remake and today it is one step closer to being accomplished! According to Deadline, Dimension Films is negotiating with Tim Hill to direct and oversee a new script.
In 2009, when Dimension Films first optioned for the rights to the movie, they hired director Steve Carr (‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop’ and ‘Daddy Day Care’) and screenwriter Dan Milano (‘Greg the Bunny’ and ‘Robot Chicken’) to head the project, but with no real progress in the last 2 years they have decided to go with a new team. This time they are working with Tim Hill who is best known for his directorial work with CGI and live action hybrid films like ‘Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties’, ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks’ and ‘Hop’. Hill will be supervising a new script and will be working with producer of the original film, David Foster.
‘Short Circuit’ is about an experimental military robot (Johnny 5) that was designed to be a weapon. After being electrocuted by lightening during a training mission, it suddenly becomes sentient and escapes its government home. Johnny 5 finds refuge with a family who helps him evade the military forces that want to bring him back for deprogramming.
May 9th, 2011, marked the 25th anniversary since the original had been released and with the advances in computer graphics, robotics and animation since then, the capabilities of Johnny 5 can be expounded to a whole new level from what we saw in the original. As someone who is leery about remakes, I am a bit excited to see how this one will develop!