Hop director discusses “heavy themes” . . .
The latest ‘Eighties movie to get remade is Short Circuit, the 1986 movie starring Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg and a robot named Johnny Five, a military robot who becomes a pacifist after being struck by lightning.
Here’s what director Tim Hill (Hop) had to say about updating the material for the planned remake:
“The thing that makes it so relevant is that we live in this age of robots, particularly when it comes to war. We have drones that do our fighting for us, do all these jobs men and women don’t want to do. And that’s what makes this so interesting — things like this moment in the story when Johnny realizes he’s going to be disassembled and contemplates death, and whether it’s right to terminate someone else. These are heavy themes for a family movie. But I think they can have their place.”
“[Johnny 5 is] like an infant struck by lightning, and you see human foibles reflected in him. I’m tempted to go back and grab the [look of the] original. But I think it has to be closer to what modern design actually is. There are computer models and labs developing real machines like this. We want to do something like that.”
“If you look at kids and how they adopt machinery, it’s just getting tight and tighter. We’re just becoming more connected to our machines. That’s why I think this can say more about our relationship with technology than the original ever did. You’ve got to find the balance between something fierce and something endearing. The original was cute. But no one was threatened by it.”