The remake train shows no sign of slowing down, especially when new versions of name brands such as Evil Dead keep making money. Next stop: a possible remake of Weird Science.
Despite ranking lower in quality terms among John Hughes' output, Weird Science still holds a special place in the hearts of film fans of a certain age thanks to its high-concept hi-jinks – nerds attempt to create the perfect woman and get more than they bargained for – and the fact that Hughes wrote and directed it.
Joel Silver, still best known for producing big action movies, is spearheading the movement on this one, working with Universal via his own Silver Pictures.
Michael Bacall, who won plenty of fans with his 21 Jump Street script, is the man who will take on the challenge of crafting a new take on the story, which will apparently be “edgier” this time around, in much the same way that Jump Street used the TV show’s core concept of undercover cops in high school as a jumping-off (sorry, couldn’t resist) point for the madness that follows.
Whether any Hughes film needs remaking is something that will be debated endlessly, but for now at least it’s not The Breakfast Club…