I’m as disgusted as a department store clerk forced to wash bubble gum from ladies knickers, but I’m also rather intrigued (just as they would be).
A remake of John Hughes’ classic “Weird Science” (yes, I thought remakes of John Hughes movies were a sealed-off zone, too!) is in the works, with “21 Jump Street” scribe Michael Bacall planning to dirty up the PG-13 template with a racier reworking of the 1985 hit.
The project is being spearheaded by Joel Silver – not a name you’d normally associate with comedies. Silver, the action vet behind flicks such as “Die Hard”, “Predator”, “Lethal Weapon” and “Commando” had crossed over into the horror realm in recent years with flicks like “House of Wax” and “The Factory”, but laffers aren’t his usual bag. So why’s he on this? He’s gotta be. He produced the original! Yep, then 33-year-old Silver had his seventh producing effort on Hughes’ “Weird Science”.
Universal, home of the original “Weird Science”, seem to think a R-Rated/Silver/Bacall version is worth doing so have given it the stamp of approval and namely, the bucks, to push on.
The original film, a comedic take on the “Frankenstein” stories, told of two teenagers who ‘create’ their dream girl using their computer. Ilan Mitchell-Smith and Anthony Michael Hall played the teens, with Kelly Le Brock playing their self-created object of affection. The supporting cast included then-unknowns Robert Downey Jr and Bill Paxton.
Hollywood has stayed away from remaking John Hughes’s movies – until now. Though there have been rumours of remakes and sequels (a “16 Candles” sequel, supposedly involving the original cast, didn’t make it to the cameras; a spec script serving as a “Ferris Bueller 2″ also didn’t appeal to the Hughes’ estate) to his hits, besides a loose reboot of “Vacation” and those unremitting “Beethoven” and “Home Alone” follow-ups, his ’80s gems have largely remained protected by a devoted fan base and legal team.
Of all of Hughes’s teen classics, I guess – if even because it’s already been turned into a TV series, which didn’t lead anyone to picket – “Weird Science” is the safest one to do. We love it, but not in the same way we do, say, “16 Candles”, “Breakfast Club”, “Pretty in Pink” or “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” (not a teen movie, I know, but still one of the man’s best) – when Hollywood finally gets around to redoing them, and you know they will, you’ll definitely read some heated ALL-CAPITALS complaints on the www.
Here’s some classic “Weird Science” to prep you for the remake :
- Fernandez, Noth, Parker, Benson are Chronically Metropolitan - January 30, 2015
- Huisman, Palmer set for Currie’s 2:22 - January 30, 2015
- Junior’s back! Problem Child headed to NBC - January 30, 2015
- Cowboy Ninja Viking finds directors - January 30, 2015
- Disney : Episodes VII and VIII due 2017, 2019 - January 30, 2015
- Eddie Murphy returning to Saturday Night Live - January 30, 2015
- Jeffrey Dean Morgan books Spielberg series - January 30, 2015
- The Flash : Set pics capture Graye, Hamill - January 30, 2015
- Teaser Trailer : Spooks : The Greater Good - January 30, 2015
- A teaser for The 5th Wave crashes down - January 30, 2015
Against the Current - the band, not adventures in dangerous swimming 101
Zedd - If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? (Well, answer my question!)
Arrow (Okay, Felicity from Arrow!)
Chrissy Costanza (cat eyes and buttery lyrics!)
Girls (TV) (Okay, Allison Williams!)
Movies - especially when they play in the dark.
Twin Peaks (TV)
Friends (TV) (It had me at "No way are you cool enough to pull Clint"; damn straight, Chandler!)
Traveling - preferably where water is, so I can splash someone!
Star Wars trilogy - no, the other one, fella!
Alex G - far more talented than her younger brother Alex H
Cameron Crowe movies - Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous
The sign 'Free Wi-Fi'.
Reenacting dance/song scenes from "Grease" with my little girl (hey! Wait till you see my 'Summer Lovin'! - don't judge)
Die Hard - 40 stories of Sheer Adventure!
Alex Goot & Friends (his enemies aren't half as talented!)
Cooking up a nice dish and sitting in the entertainment area, on a cool night, basking in it's greatness.
Inflatable kids pools full of Vodka Lime Crush.
Acidic Email from angry, over passionate teenagers after I trash something "Twilight"-related on the site. Sparkle elsewhere.
My baby girl's big, caring heart.