Two years ago it was revealed that ‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop’ director Steve Carr was attached to direct a reboot of ‘Short Circuit’ from a script by Dan Milano (‘Robot Chicken’). Now it seems things have changed, with Tim Hill (‘Hop,’ ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks’) currently in negotiations to take the reins of the movie.
Directed by John Badham, the 1986 movie introduced Number 5, a robot built by the military to be a highly sophisticated weapon. It developed a conscience and a personality after being hit by lightning, and then needed the help of humans after it was targeted for destruction by its makers, once it became a peacenik.
According to Deadline’s article Hill will be supervising a new script with producers Ryan E. Heppe, John Hyde, and David Fosterthat that will get Johnny 5 moving.