21 JUMP STREET Scribe Michael Bacall to Pen WEIRD SCIENCE Remake for Universal and Producer Joel Silver

     April 18, 2013


Yet another remake is in the works, and this time it’s an update of a John Hughes classic.  Universal is planning a redo of Hughes’ 1985 sci-fi comedy Weird Science, and they’ve tapped 21 Jump Street, Project X, and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World screenwriter Michael Bacall to write the screenplay. Joel Silver—who produced the original—is onboard to produce what is being planned as an edgier R-rated comedy akin to Jump Street and The Hangover.

The original stars Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith as two high school nerds who are inspired by Frankenstein to create the perfect woman using their computer.  Once they start interacting with the beautiful creation, played by Kelly LeBrock, they come to realize that she’s much more than a sex object.  Hit the jump for more.

michael-bacall-weird-scienceNews of the remake comes via Deadline, which notes that the Weird Science redo will “attempt to carve out its own identity” by way of its edgier take.  Bacall did a swell job with the 21 Jump Street update, but the crux of this Weird Science remake will be steering clear of any sexist or misogynistic overtones—especially given that they’re going for a Hangover-style comedy.  Hopefully they rope in a strong female lead who can hold her own opposite the hormone-crazed teenage boys.

I’m interested to see how heavy the pic will lean on the original’s sci-fi plot devices, as the woman in the original also has superhuman abilities.  Though the film’s director will likely want to make this Weird Science his or her own, I think we can all agree that a Bill Paxton cameo in the redo is an absolute must.

Watch the trailer for Hughes’ Weird Science below:


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