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Johnny 5 will be a lot meaner

April 12th, 2012 by bash Comments

It wouldn’t be 2012 without more news about a Hollywood remake. This week it’s the turn of Short Circuit which FTN reported on a few weeks ago.

This time it’s director Tim Hill who has been speaking to the LA Times about Johnny 5, the robot depicted in the original 1986 movie and its sequel two years later.

He said: “I’m tempted to go back and grab the original. But I think it has to be closer to what modern design actually is. There are computer models and labs developing real machines like this… You’ve got to find the balance between something fierce and something endearing. The original was cute. But no one was threatened by it.”

Hill, the man behind Alvin and the Chipmunks and Hop, said the new Johnny 5 would also be born out of modern warfare technology, particularly that used in unmanned drones.

“The thing that makes it so relevant is that we live in this age of robots, particularly when it comes to war,” he continued. “We have drones that do our fighting for us, do all these jobs men and women don’t want to do. And that’s what makes this so interesting — things like this moment in the story when Johnny realizes he’s going to be disassembled and contemplates death, and whether it’s right to terminate someone else.”

The new Short Circuit will be drafted by Matt Lieberman.


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