Short Circuit Remake

Johnny5IsaliveIt appears that Johnny 5 will be getting a reboot, and his creators will helm the ressurection. We get news of this remake thanks to the professionals at Variety:

The original introduced Number 5, a robot built by the military to be a highly sophisticated weapon. It developed a conscience and a personality after being hit by lightning, and then needed the help of humans after it was targeted for destruction by its makers, once it became a peacenik.

S.S. Wilson and Brent Maddock, who created the characters and wrote both “Short Circuit” films, have been hired to write the remake. David Foster and Ryan E. Heppe will produce with John Hyde. Foster, who produced the original with his partner Lawrence Turman and son Gary Foster, said the film will be similar in theme to the original, but it will factor in advances in technology.

Not a huge fan of remakes, but if one must be made… I like that the creators have been chosen to helm the project. The visionaries behind the Johnny 5 robot have had quite some time to consider their creation, and will now be able to make any changes that they deem necessary. The danger in trying to update a character is that you may change what people originally loved about them; and then you just have annoyed fans on your hands, and a bastard Johnny 5 v.2 that gets no love.

I would like to see a Short Circuit film on the farm. Johnny 5 could throw feed to chickens, shoo troublesome foxes away, milk goats and herd cattle. When the farm lands on tough times, and with the threat of impending foreclosure, Johnny 5 goes to the Nashville hoping to raise money and bail out the farm . Once in the city, Johnny gets a guitar and begins to busk on the street. His performances become the talk of the town and soon Johnny 5 finds himself on the stage of the Grande Olde Opry. His songs about clean livin’ and the tribulations of farm life open up the hearts and wallets of the audience, a 10 gallon hat is passed around raising enough money for the farm to be saved. This is the feel good film middle America needs.

With this remake in the pen awaiting creation, one question weighs heavily on my mind. Will Steve Guttenberg be back?

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19 thoughts on “Short Circuit Remake

  1. Actually, if they want a part of the series, make a sequal, an updated storyline that shows what is happening today in their world. BUT dont “remake” the original storyline.

  2. Ok, agreed: complete lack of creativity on the part of hollywood. Also, as an 80’s kid I grew up with this movie, so I dont like the idea of remaking a classic, in my opinion. I also think that Hollywood special effects are not always a good thing. Part of the reason I think Short Circuit is a classic is because it was “real.” Real in the sence that they filmed all there “special effects” they didnt have to add special effects in a computer. Take a look at Transformers: they went way too far with their special effects – to the point that they didnt even really resemble the Transformers that many of us remember from the 80s. I think this is a bad idea. Let us remember the Short Circuit movie the way it was supposed to be.

  3. Alright, first off, Short Circuit on the farm idea? Can you say NO WAY, NEVER, EVER, TO CREEPY TO IMAGINE!!! Somethings should never happen. Second, remake? Another sequel is preferable, but I will accept what I can get (Minus the farming J-5 idea). When will they actually show some progress at filming or even evidence that we may see it before I die of old age? Until then, I will enjoy the DVD’s and hope they do not do something extremely stupid like CGI J-5. As long as it does the old movie well, I will gracefully accept the new Short Circuit remake’s arrival.

  4. I can’t wait for the new Short Circuit. Johnny Five is the best! That Wall-e looks like a cheap rip-off… I also just got a copy of Short Circuit on Blu-Ray. The sound and picture quality is sooo amazing!!! It was like being a kid again and watching it for the first time in theaters.

  5. Think how cool a remake might be, With the special effects we use now a days, There can be an all out war between Johnny 5 against Johnnys’ 1-20(How many ever there are?). Steve Guttenberg can make a cameo and get his head blown off or something.

  6. This is crazy I just watched my dvd of this the other day. I thought what if they tried to remake this and I didn’t think that it would work. I agree with Noa that as long as they have those same lines then I won’t be as upset but still I am not sure if I like this idea.

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