The umpteen billionth movie getting the remake treatment from Hollywood, John Badham's 1986 sci-fi comedy Short Circuit, has a new director. And it's… Drum roll please?
Tim Hill, the director of Alvin & The Chipmunks.
Well, we're sure he's a nice guy with ambitions beyond Alvin & The Chipmunks. He directed the CG-animated comedy Hop earlier this year, for example. But it's a little disconcerting that the Dimension wants to skew that young with a movie about a killer robot who gains sentience and becomes more human than human. The original film is a kindhearted family flick but it did have a bit of an edge to it, so let's hope that Mr. Hill takes that to heart and doesn't make the new Short Circuit overly generic.
Tim Hill replaces the previous director, Paul Blart: Mall Cop's Steve Carr, who was working with his Paul Blart screenwriter Dan Milano. Apparently he'll be developing an all-new script for the project.
We're iffy on this one. While Short Circuit certainly isn't a "classic" in the traditional sense of the word it's well-remembered and it would be unfortunate to have a disappointing remake sullying the original's name. Let's hope that Mr. Hill has the chops.
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