Posted on Thursday, April 18th, 2013 by Angie Han
Michael Bacall‘s effort to bring 21 Jump Street into the 21st century proved more successful than anyone would’ve guessed. The 2012 remake picked up an impressive $200 million at the box office and a slew of glowing reviews on top of that. Now he’ll try to recreate that success with another well liked ’80s property, John Hughes‘ Weird Science.
The project is set up at Universal, with Joel Silver producing. It’s very familiar property for both the studio and the producer, who were also behind the 1985 original. Hit the jump to keep reading.
Bacall’s first feature screenwriting credit was for the 2001 Joseph Gordon-Levitt drama Manic, but lately he’s become better known for his comedy work. He co-wrote Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (with Edgar Wright), and found big commercial success last year with 21 Jump Street and Project X. (The latter teamed him with Silver.) Additionally, he and Jonah Hill have been working on the 21 Jump Street sequel, due out next year, since before the first film even opened.
Hughes’ Weird Science followed two ’80s nerd types (played by Michael Anthony Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith) who scientifically engineer the “perfect” woman (Kelly LeBrock). She shakes up their lives and teaches them a thing or two about self-confidence along the way. Bill Paxton and Robert Downey Jr. also starred.
While it’s not quite as highly regarded as Hughes’ Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, it still gets plenty of affection from fans and I’m sure plenty of them will be annoyed with the thought of remaking it. So it’s probably for the best that the new film won’t attempt to recreate the old one exactly. Instead, Deadline reports, the remake will fit alongside The Hangover and 21 Jump Street into the very modern trend of “edgy” R-rated comedies. No director or stars have been announced at this time.