As much as I might think this is yet another in a series of needless remakes, reboots and re-imaginings, it seems inevitable that they will keep getting made and my protests will go unheard. So, with that in mind I bring you the news that director Steve Carr (late of Paul Blart: Mall Cop) has been tapped to take on a reboot of the film Short Circuit for Dimension Films.
I’ll let that one sink in for a minute. Okay, now that you are probably making your “WTF?” face I can tell you some potentially good news about this project. It’s being scripted by Robot Chicken’s Dan Milano, so at least that gives it some kind of chance to be funny — especially if they actually follow the script. Plus, the story, which concerns military robot Johnny 5 who “develops a conscience and personality after being hit by lightning and then befriends a lonely boy and his fractured family” doesn’t sound that bad.
Also, I don’t really blame Carr for Paul Blart being terrifically unfunny. He didn’t write the thing after all. That blame lands squarely in the lap of writer/star Kevin James. Nor, did he edit it or probably even get final cut. So, its probably not completely his fault. However, seeing as his other credits do include Dr. Doolittle 2, Daddy Daycare and the far less amusing sequel Next Friday does not really bode well for this movie.
I guess we’ll find out to what level this movie sucks when it hits theaters sometime in 2010.