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Weird indeed: Universal set to remake John Hughes' 'Weird Science'

New take will be "edgier" fare

By Kate Erbland Apr 19, 2013 9:14AM
As Hollywood's remake machine churns steadily on, its hunger for "edgier" reboots gnaws on unabated. Next up - a new spin on John Hughes' 1985 nerd classic, "Weird Science." Wait, what? Who among us has cried out for a possibly R-rated take on Hughes' hilariously offbeat geekball comedy, as penned by the guy who brought us the revolting "Project X"? Well, apparently Universal, producer Joel Silver, and screenwriter in question, Michael Bacall.

Deadline Hollywood reports that the studio and Silver's own Silver Pictures will remake the film with a new script by Bacall. The "film will attempt to carve out its own identity by being redrawn as an edgier comedy in line with '21 Jump Street' and 'The Hangover,' which were R-rated; the studio says the rating for 'Weird Science' is not certain at this nascent stage." While the original is deserving of its cult affection, there is admittedly plenty that could be done with a story about two nerds who create a perfect woman via their computer. That can certainly go edgy and dark, though much of the film's success will likely rely on the chemistry between its goofball leads.

While the Bacall-penned "Project X" was a breakout hit, the film is also one of the worst "teens gone wild" flicks in recent memory. However, Bacall also penned the recent "21 Jump Street" feature remake, which was unabashedly hilarious. There's hope.

The film was previously adapted for a USA network television series that ran for five seasons (!!) in the mid-1990's. 

There's no word on when we can expect the new "Weird Science" in theaters.

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Apr 20, 2013 4:34AM
Remaking a John Hughes film? Stupidest idea I have ever heard. Weird Science is a classic and should not be touched. Whats next, douching up The Breakfast Club with modern actors and an "edgier" script? Hollywood blows.
Apr 20, 2013 5:20AM
enough with the remakes! how about some original ideas!!!

Apr 20, 2013 5:55AM
yup... that's just great, hollywood set out to disturb ANOTHER classic because these new producers have absolutely NO ORIGINALITY!!!!
Apr 20, 2013 6:08AM

I'm sick of Hollywood stealing from my generation with these remakes."Red Dawn" and "Total Recall" were recently remade too. These are movies that could have only been done in the 80's and shouldn't be remade. What's next, a remake of "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"? Wouldn't that suck?


Apr 20, 2013 6:22AM
An edgy reboot is going to suck.  Why don't Hollywood people get that every single thing out there doesn't need that?  The charm of the original movie (which is one of my favorites) was the guys' naivete, and the fact that it was so incredibly goofy.  I will not bother to spend money on it. 
In fact, if everyone stops wasting money on these things, maybe they'll stop doing it.  HellOOOO!!!

Apr 20, 2013 5:36AM
If people would stop going to these damn remakes, then we wouldn't have so many of them. They'd actually have to come up with original ideas. I've seen one movie in the theater in the last 3 years. Hollywood will continue to produce crap till the crowd disappears. Of course when that happens, tickets will cost 100 bucks a pop to make up for the fact that nobody is there. 
Apr 20, 2013 6:05AM
Yes, and let's remake Grapes of Wrath.  Keanu Reeves can play Tom Joad, I am sure he is as good an actor as Henry Fonda, not.
Apr 20, 2013 7:42AM
Originality is dead in Hollywood.  Face it; every 80s flick will be remade, which is a crime in itself.  I still can't get past The Shining remake, which was atrocious.  I heard they changed the storyline for Evil Dead; then why even call it Evil Dead.  I refuse to see any more remakes.  
End bitch & moan session...
Apr 20, 2013 9:02AM
You have GOT TO BE KIDDING ME?!?!?!? Noone, and I mean NOONE should NEVER EVER even think of remaking ANY John Hughes film! Are you INSANE?!?!?! You should be slapped with the stupid stick!
Apr 20, 2013 8:46AM

Don't ruin a great movie by doing a remake. Not really fair to John Hughes since he is

no longer with us. The original is edgy enough for kids in their early teens. They will see

& hear enough on their own without another sex laden teen movie!  Just sayin'

Apr 20, 2013 8:35AM
I am really getting tired of remakes, just like all the other remake films I will not be seeing this one. We have the imagination to push forward and continue making great flicks. Avatar was a good example it still involved people acting but it required more from the actors and they didn't have to be 60+ year old actors with 45 years of acting experience you know what I mean? and this is the direction we should be going, not remaking old flicks.
Apr 20, 2013 9:39AM
HOLY CRAP LEAVE IT ALONE. *John Hughes rolls over in his grave*
Apr 20, 2013 9:17AM
Another remake. What a surprise. I'm waiting for the "Deliverence" remake, as a romantic-comedy, with Cedric the Entertainer as the squeal-like-a-pig guy.
Apr 20, 2013 6:09AM

just make damn sure the part of lisa is given to a super hot woman other wise the movie will flop right out of the gate. as for the 2 main leads make sure they have some comedic chops this euro **** as of late is abit to much to take

Apr 20, 2013 9:16AM
Kate, we could use more factual reporting instead of your movie opinion. Personally, I enjoyed "Project X" for it's originality and "21 Jumpstreet" less as it mocked a decent drama series of my childhood. As far as remaking ANYTHING, Hollywood should focus on remaking great movies that many people missed, instead of ruining classic movies that people already enjoy. For example, Harvey starring Jimmy Stewart was a great movie, that most people today haven't even heard of, let alone seen. With today's technology, and the comedic timing of Vince Vaughn, I think new life could be breathed into a film like that.
Apr 20, 2013 9:44AM
Hollywood completely lost me when they miserably and shamefully spit out that pitiful remake of the 80's CLASSIC Karate Kid. Now THAT was just blasphemy as far as I'm concerned...some things should just be loved, appreciated, RESPECTED and LEFT ALONE. Just sayin.
Apr 20, 2013 9:00AM
OMG really??? Why do they have to take movies and remake them over and over again? Hollywood stinks......they cannot come up with any movie ideas........lets just keep remaking everything....   
Apr 20, 2013 7:28AM
As long as Danny Elfman puts Oingo Boingo back together for a remake of the title song it's cool with me.
Apr 20, 2013 9:49AM
a couple of remake ideas how about the towering inferno and earthquake with the special effects Hollywood has today they would be awesom
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