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Short Circuit remake turning CG?

JohnnyFive.jpgI had thought that the idea for a remake of Short Circuit had fallen through. It's been a long time since we heard anything about the film, indeed the last we heard was October 2009 when Steve Carr was set to direct the film, and that was looking bad enough, after all we're talking Dr. Dolittle 2 and Paul Blart: Mall Cop.

Now though it's back to life and it looks like there's a new director on board, and considering his last three films were films with CG animated animals, you can see where this film is going.

The director in question was responsible for Muppets from Space, but his last three films were, in descending order, Hop, Alvin and the Chipmunks and Garfield 2. The common theme? CG animated animals. So what does that mean for Number 5?

Deadline report that Tim Hill is sitting with a deal to direct the remake of the 1986 Short Circuit about a robot built as a weapon that gains artificial intelligence and begins exploring the outside world as a child. He'll also be supervising the new script.

Right now it looks like we're heading for a very child focussed version of the story that will no doubt feature a Johnny 5 created from CG.

None of this fills me with hope for the film, and in fact it fills me with a little dread. What about you? Is this going to turn into Alvin and the Robotic Chipmunk?




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