While I’m nostalgic for the “Short Circuit” movies, that nostalgia doesn’t extend to getting bent out of shape over a remake of “Short Circuit” nor can my outrage be summoned by the news that “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” helmer Steve Carr will direct the film. Variety reports that the Carr will shoot the film based on Dan Milano’s script which brings Johnny 5 into the 21st century meaning he’ll probably still resemble Johnny 5 but there will be loads of unnecessary CG enhancements and “upgrades” to Johnny’s arsenal. However, I’ll retract that statement if one of those upgrades is a detachable Steve Guttenberg.
Here’s how Variety describes the plot of the remake: “Built by the military to be a highly sophisticated weapon, Johnny 5 develops a conscience and personality after being hit by lightning. He befriends a lonely boy and his fractured family.” Wow. That sounds like a great movie.