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 »

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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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Tim Hill Hired to Direct ‘Short Circuit’ Reboot


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 »

Despite the headline proclaiming that Russell Brand voices the Easter Bunny in Hop — and, indeed, he does — there’s nothing to that effect in this teaser. All you’ll see of the film is some drumming bunny animation. And what of the story with James Marsden playing a guy who takes in the Easter Bunny after he accidentally injures the not quite mythical beast? None of that here, folks. But it does inform audiences that the film is from the folks behind Despicable Me. Check out the teaser after the break. Read More »

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