Deadline reports that “The Matrix” and “Lethal Weapon” producer Joel Silver is on board to remake 1985’s sexy Frankenstein tale for pent-up teens, “Weird Science.” And with the writer he’s got attached, I think I could see myself getting into it.
John Hughes’ film has been a staple of late-night TV for years, offering just enough implied T and A offset by the brat pack charms of Anthony Michael Hall, Robert Downey Jr., with Bill Paxton adding just that extra layer of 80’s Bill Paxton-ness to he film.* As I’m typing this, most of you have already skipped ahead to the part where you go to Twitter and complain about how this is a travesty and that classics like this shouldn’t be touched (etc., etc.). I know, I’ve done the same thing in the past.
But Michael Bacall, man. He made a movie based on “21 Jump Street” the comedy of last year, creating a warm and funny buddy comedy within the crass, profane, and goofy update to a show about young-looking cops trying to bust teen criminals. Deadline says that Bacall’s been given the go-ahead to give this tale of a pair of teens trying to create their own dream girl using a computer his own R-rated spin with “21 Jump Street” and “The Hangover’ being cited as points of inspiration.
*Seriously, his bit parts in “Aliens,” “Weird Science,” and “Near Dark” make a perfect trifecta of 80’s deflated manhood on film.