Johnny 5 is the most adorable robot in the history of all movies so why is it directors feel the need to change him up. NO, NO, NO stop it Tim Hill don’t destroy this movie with a terrible remake.
In the original movie Short Circuit back in the 80’s we fell in love with a little robot who went by the name of Johnny 5. He was programmed to put an end to the cold war, but one night he was struck by lightning and it caused him to become sentient, Johnny 5 aborted his killer programing and became a cute little guy with a heart of pure gold. This robot paved the way for similarly themed movies such as Wall-E and The Iron Giant.
It’s no surprise that this movie is up for a reboot although the reboot it’s about to face may not be as light and endearing as its 80’s original. In fact the director Tim Hill is hoping to make the movie darker and give it more of an edge while keeping its family friendly context.
Hill honestly believes that a new Short Circuit movie is just the thing we need. In an interview with 24 Frames, Hill shed some light on the new Short Circuit for us:
“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.”
“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.”