Movie News

Weird Science being remade!

Weird Science being remade!
Clint

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 :

Share this story!Share on FacebookShare on TumblrShare on StumbleUponTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someoneShare on Google+Pin on PinterestDigg thisBuffer this pagePrint this pageShare on LinkedIn
(Visited 5 times, 5 visits today)
Movie News
Clint

Clint is the creator, editor and maintainer of Moviehole. Loves David Lynch, David Fincher... actually, any filmmaker by the name of David.

More in Movie News

skeetulrich

Jericho‘s Skeet Ulrich returning to TV

ClintAug 5, 2015
sneakypete

Promo for Ribisi,Cranston series Sneaky Pete

ClintAug 5, 2015
vandal-savage

Legends of Tomorrow villain revealed!

ClintAug 5, 2015
brad peyton dwayne johnson

San Andreas helmer, Fast & Furious producer doing military action-adventure

ClintAug 5, 2015
will-smith-013

Deadshot to replace Wolverine in Collateral Beauty

ClintAug 5, 2015
community

Community likely finished because of high production costs

ClintAug 5, 2015
spider-man

Is this the villain of the Spider-Man reboot…

ClintAug 5, 2015
deadpool

Red & Green Band Trailers: Deadpool

AshAug 5, 2015
video-the-divergent-series-insurgent-kate-winslet-on-her-character-videoSixteenByNine1050

Exclusive : Insurgent BD/DVD clip featuring Kate Winslet

ClintAug 5, 2015