‘Short Circuit’ Remake Taps ‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop’ Director Steve Carr To Keep Johnny Five Alive

The Hollywood reboot machine continues its full-fledged steamrolling over my fondest childhood memories, this time in the form of a “Short Circuit” remake.

Variety reports that the film — already announced with “Greg the Bunny” creator Dan Milano working on the screenplay — will be directed by Steve Carr, who recently helmed the Kevin James-starring “Paul Blart: Mall Cop.”

The original “Short Circuit” starred the always delightful Steve Guttenberg and the frequently terrifying Fisher Stevens as Newton Crosby and Ben Jabituya, a pair of scientists that create an intelligent (and adorable) robot named Johnny Five.

After escaping from the military compound on which he is built, Johnny Five embarks on a journey of self-discovery filled with all the hilarity you’d expect from a Guttenberg-starring ’80s feel-good comedy.

The previous news of Milano’s attachment as the screenwriter behind “Short Circuit” struck an odd note given the writer’s typically lewd creative material, but Carr’s involvement sort of clarifies things a bit better. As the filmmaker behind the commercially successful “Paul Blart,” Carr’s attachment to “Short Circuit” could be seen as an attempt by Dimension to capitalize on the director’s previous success. If nothing else, it’ll be interesting to see how well Milano and Carr’s respective sensibilities will integrate on “Short Circuit.”

For my part, I’m not wild about the idea of remakes in general — but I’ve got to admit, “Short Circuit” has my curiosity piqued. This is one of those projects that could ring true to the original, as long as Johnny Five’s voice and likeness remain more or less preserved. Let’s just hope that Guttenberg and Stevens get some nice cameos, if not all-out starring roles in the remake.

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