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So far, the list of iconic 80s movies to receive the studio remake treatment is staggering. Everything from 'Friday the 13th' to 'The Karate Kid,' to 'Red Dawn' have been rebooted, revamped, and repackaged for a new generation. To that list we can now add 'Weird Science.' Universal is planning a remake of John Hughes' classic comedy about two nerds who manage to create their ideal woman using, well, you can probably guess from the title. Joel Silver, who produced Hughes' film for Universal back in the day, will produce the remake. Silver was also recently announced to be producing the remake of John Carpenter's 'Escape from New York.' The new version will be scripted by Michael Bacall ('Project X'). No word yet on a proposed director.
I knew this day would come. I have been dreading it for years, but now it looks like Hollywood is finally going to remake a John Hughes movie. We complain about remakes sometimes, ok some of us do it all the time, but remaining as objective as I possibly can, let me just say that this is a terrible idea. Hughes' entire identity as a filmmaker, and by extension the soul of his movies, are rooted in the 1980s. 'Weird Science' was so much a byproduct of its era that it's hard to fathom a way that it could be re-imagined as anything other than a hollow imitation. What is up with Joel Silver? Why is he single-handedly becoming the new Platinum Dunes? By that I mean going on an absolute tear of remaking 80s films. I guess this one makes more sense given that he produced the original 'Weird Science,' but I'm still scratching my head on the 'Escape from New York' thing. In an effort to remain objective, I'm going to set aside my feelings on 'Project X,' and point out that in fact that one positive here is actually the involvement of Michael Bacall. If anyone has a chance of pulling off a miracle on a seemingly impossible remake, it's the guy who turned '21 Jump Street' into a fantastic studio comedy decades after it was a relevant property.
What do you guys think? Could a remake of 'Weird Science' work set in this era? Who would you get to direct it?