80’s movie “Short Circuit” is going to be rebooted, though there isn’t a lot of information on it recently, it’s been announced that Matt Lieberman was hired to write the screenplay. Tim Hill is going to be overseeing the script and also directing this reboot, he even gave a bit of info on what we should expect of his version of Johnny 5. The robot we grew up with and loved will become more of a menacing drone born from modern warfare technology. Hill has been studying up on modern robotics to bring out a more realistic version of this reboot which actually gives this film some hope.
Hill talks about his new approach with the reboot and he said “The thing that makes it so relevant is that we live in this age of robots, particularly when it comes to war. 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.”
Gladly Hill said that the movie will still be family friendly, in the original version Johnny 5 was developed by the US military. After he was hit by lightning, he’s found by an animal loving woman named Stephanie Speck who befriends him after first thinking that he’s an alien of some sort. Later, the robot develops a conscious and starts to understand and respect life and begins to reject his destructive nature ‘caused by his military programming as well as his fear of being dissembled which is believed to kill him.
The reboot will still have the same qualities as the original but it will be making one big change and that will be making Sheedy younger, either a teenager or preteen. This will make the film a lot more family friendly.
If you’re worried about how Johnny 5 will look in this film, no need to really worry since Hill is tempted to go and get the original design of the robot but to make it more modern. He said “There are computer models and labs developing real machines like this. We want to do something like that. You’ve got to find the balance between something fierce and something endearing,” Hill had said. “The original was cute. But no one was threatened by it.”