Good news, everyone – Steve Carr, director of those comedic colossi, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Daddy Day Care, Rebound and Dr. Dolittle 2, will next focus his considerable talents on the much-needed and eagerly-anticipated remake of Short Circuit. Yay and, if you have the time, woo.
The John Badham-directed original, which seems to assumed cult classic status over the years despite not being very good, was about a robot named Johnny 5 who is imbued with sentience by a rogue lightning bolt. On the run from the military, Johnny 5 bonds with Ally Sheedy, and hilarious adventures are had by all.
The Carr-directed remake retains essentially the same premise, although this time – for added emotional impact – Johnny 5 will bond with a lonely young boy. Christ almighty.
To say our expectations for this movie have plummeted seems a little harsh. After all, they weren’t that high to begin with. And it could be a lot worse – after all, Carr’s movies aren’t awful, just blandly amiable and instantly forgettable. We expect this new Short Circuit to be more of the same.
Dan Milano wrote the script for the Dimension film – his background on Robot Chicken is relatively encouraging. But if his script has a line even half as good as ‘Hey laser lips, your mamma was a snowblower’, we’ll be astonished.