With Total Recall set for release and rumours of a Robocop remake on the cards, it seems another 80s hit could be on its way back to the big screen – this time its Short Circuit.
The original 1986 comedy hit centred around ‘Johnny 5′, a sentient robot who escapes from a military facility after a power surge from a lightning storm brings it/him to ‘life’. It starred Ally Sheedy and Steve Guttenburg.
Dimenion Films, who are behind the new project, have said that Matt Lieberman will write the script while Tim Hill will direct.
“Dimension has had great success with the ‘Spy Kids’ family series which grossed over $500 million worldwide,” said Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company. “We are looking for ‘Short Circuit’ to be our next family franchise and are excited to be working with Matt Lieberman and Tim Hill, who has had great International success with ‘Hop’ and ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks’.”
David Foster, who produced the original, is producing with Ryan E. Heppe, John Hyde and Brian Manis.
Shooting is scheduled for the end of the year with a release in Summer 2013.