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Bad Idea of the Week No. 2: Johnny 5 Alive Again?

It looks like we have some bad ideas bookending this week as we kicked off with Monday's news of a rumored remake of Casablanca and now we have another doozy: the possible remake of the 1986 hit Short Circuit.

While the rumor has floated around for several years, Variety now reports that the film rights have been acquired and the writers are hired, which means this train has officially left the station.

My initial reaction when I learned about this was: Stop messing with my childhood! My second thought was that if anyone truly misses Johnny 5 that much, isn't Wall-E kind of filling the void? The more I think about this remake, the more pointless it seems. There just doesn't seem to be a good reason to do it, but a lot of reasons not to.

To see why I think this lovable robot should remain in our memories and in our DVD shelves,


The original Short Circuit was about a robot (Number 5) built by the military as an intended weapon. Surprisingly, the robot develops human qualities like emotions and a consciousness and with the help of a "spunky" young lady (Ally Sheedy) escapes the lab and seeks out the man who created him (Steve Guttenberg) to convince him that he is in fact, alive. Hence the famous '80s line, "Johnny 5 is alive!"

What I think made the original so special was that it tapped into the national zeitgeist at the time which was an underlying uneasiness among Americans at how strong and imposing NASA and the Pentagon were when the arms race was in full swing. Johnny 5 was something magical and comforting for audiences at that time, but I think our generation deserves something a little more relevant than a recycled version of this 1980s story.

Also, in this technological age, is a piece of technology that speaks really that crazy or interesting? Seriously, what is the point of this?


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Princesskitty22 Princesskitty22 9 years
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
So agree with your comment, angelcakesugar. It seems like everything from the 80's in particular is getting remade or brought back, like all of the toys, the cartoons, the movies... I don't understand why. I have the same nostalgic love for these things too, but why don't we move onto fresh ideas? -- Short Circuit was one of my favorites way back too. :) Johnny Five was adorable. Did anybody watch Short Circuit 2?? I thought that bombed... why would they attempt a 3rd?!
angelcakesugar angelcakesugar 9 years
This just proves that no one in Hollywood has any creativity or new ideas anymore. Can't they go to the bookstore, pick up any book, and decide to make a movie of that? It'd at least be original and not a remake of an old movie. Short Circuit doesn't need to be remade, Magnum P.I. should never be a movie and 90210 already had a spin off..Melrose Place!
Meka_suga Meka_suga 9 years
Oh brother...
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
There's also that new Disney/Pixar movie called "Wall-E." I thought it was Number 5 but it isn't. (
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I have an idea Hollywood. Come up with an original idea and don't mess with things from my childhood.
Brittfish Brittfish 9 years
Up next, Mannequin.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
No re-assemble johnny five steph-a-nie I loved that movie, watched it every single weekend. They better not remake it. but than again steve guttenberg needs a job
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