Number 5 is alive... again


27th October 2009

Let's be honest, if there was ever a film so rich in material and ripe with the powerful exploration of universal themes, it was...Short Circuit. We clearly need, nay, deserve a remake. More sarcasm after the jump.

A Short Circuit for the 21st Century has been in the works for a little while now, with Robot Chicken's Dan Milano quietly tackling the scripting duties, but now a director has been attached which means it won't be long until the original Wall-E actually takes to our screens again.

And the director in question? None other than Steve Carr, director of Paul Blart: Mall Cop as well as other comedy gems like Dr Doolittle 2 and Daddy Day C...oh, I can't do this anymore.

Seriously? Short Circuit? What, you couldn't get the rights to Problem Child? At what point does somebody catch an ITV4 re-run of this flick and think "that film should be remade for a new generation of cinema-goers!".

Ok, I'm prepared to admit that the original was actually quite funny for what it is, and I can even see that producers might be (late) jumping on the "robot" bandwagon after Pixar's smash-hit.

But Short Circuit was such a product of the 80s - it had Steve Guttenberg in it, for Christ's sake! And the funniest part of the original was the slightly racist it's-funny-because-he's-foreign Ben Jabituya. And they'll never repeat that kind of humour, Robot Chicken writer or not.

I just don't see how any good can come from this - surely it's just movie-remaking gone mad for the umpteenth time? What's next, The Goonies?

Oh god, it really is just a matter of time, isn't it...?

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