This weekend, director Neill Blomkamp adds a new member to an exclusive club: movies with really cool robots. It’s a cross-section of movies big and small that drive the story forward with characters made of metal and wire. Sometimes they’re menacing, sometimes they’re hilarious, but the best movie robots are always unforgettable.
In honor of Blomkamp’s movie, Chappie, I’ve ranked my 25 favorite movie robots of all time. It wasn’t an easy task. There are so many subtle differences you have to consider. Is a cyborg a robot? Is an alien a robot? For example, Darth Vader is “more machine than man,” just like RoboCop. Are they both robots? In the end I went with my gut. If the character felt like a robot, or its robotic nature added something to the movie, it made the list. Also, this is (once again) a personal list. I didn’t grow up on Westworld or The Day the Earth Stood Still. I never really felt like Blade Runner‘s replicants were robots. So it’s a little weird and surprising but hopefully that’s why you want to check it out. Hit the jump to find out the 25 Best Movie Robots of All Time.
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While one Los Angeles gallery focuses on pop culture weapons, a New York counterpart is making that idea even bigger. The Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn has a new show opening January 18 called Gadgets and Gizmos and it’s filled with art based on some weapons, lots of vehicles, robots and accessories too, all inspired by the technology in some of your favorite movies.
While plenty of regulars are on display (Back to the Future, James Bond, Iron Man, Batman), this show has a bunch of subjects that don’t get as much love: Inspector Gadget, Short Circuit, District 9, The Rocketeer, and Flight of the Navigator. Check out a quick selection from the show below and find out how you can see it in person or buy it online. Read More »
Johnny 5 will once again be alive, but this time he’ll befriend a teenage girl set against the back drop of modern robotics in war. So says director Tim Hill (Hop) who has been tasked with co-writing and eventually directing a remake of Short Circuit, based on the popular 1986 film that starred Steve Guttenberg, Fisher Stevens and Ally Sheedy. In that film, the two men create a Cold War robot who gains human consciousness when he’s struck by lightning. The robot, nicknamed Johnny 5, then befriends a character played by Sheedy.
The new film will have elements of that, but the Sheedy character will be younger and the whole film will be set in a modern world where robots are essential to warfare. Read Hill’s quotes on the subject after the jump. Read More »
Dimension Films have announced the hiring of screenwriter Matt Lieberman to pen a remake of the 1986 cult favorite Short Circuit. An Honors film grad from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Lieberman wrote a draft of the Doctor Dolittle sequel Doctor Dolittle: First Dog, and another couple projects that have never gone into production, including Disney’s Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. He’s a graduate of the Disney screenwriting program, and has uncredited worked on a bunch of the Disney live-action film projects from the past few years. Despite my jab headline, Lieberman seems like an up-and-comer. He is set to work closely with director Tim Hill (Hop, Alvin and the Chipmunks).
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In 2008 Dimension Films picked up the rights to remake the mid-’80s robot film Short Circuit, but as is often the case with projects like these, actually getting the picture to a position that is ready to shoot is taking some time. Now there’s a new director: Tim Hill, who will also oversee the creation of a new script. Read More »
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We’ve known that Dimension would remake Short Circuit, and we’ve known that Robot Chicken writer Dan Milano would be scripting. Now we’ve got a director: Steve Carr. Who? How about this: he’s the guy who directed Paul Blart: Mall Cop. Read More »
Remakes, remakes, and more remakes! Dimension Films has hired a new writer for the Short Circuit remake they announced last April. The original screenwriters/creators S.S. Wilson and Brent Maddock had been hired to pen the remake, but apparently the Weinstein’s want to go in another direction with screenwriter Dan Milano. Before you write this one off completely, let me tell you a bit about the new screenwriter.
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Dimension Films has acquired the rights to remake the 1986 cult favorite Short Circuit.Â Yet again, Hollywood has run out of new ideas and has decided to remake an old one. I’m sure someone at The Weinstein Co probably noticed a poster for Pixar’s upcoming WALL-E, and after having the standard “that looks like Johnny Five from Short Circuit” discussion (everyone thinks they are oh so clever by making this observation… And by the way, if you look at the image below, you’ll quickly realize that WALL-E doesn’t look as much like Johnny Five as your memory might lead you to believe) he realized he stumbled on gold, ready to be re-mined.
The original film told the story of a military robot who runs away from the government after developing a conscience and a personality, the result of being hit by lightning. The good news is that the original screenwriters/creators S.S. Wilson and Brent Maddock have been hired to pen the remake. Apparently the film will be similar in theme to the original (ie the peace message), but the producers say it will factor in advances in technology. So basically, we’ll probably have a stupid looking computer generated advance shape-shifting robot… uggg.
Discuss: Do you want to see a remake of Short Circuit? Will they ruin it?