The ’80s sci-fi movie Short Circuit is being rebooted as a Latinx family film, and Eduardo Cisneros and Jason Shuman will write the screenplay.
Deadline says that Cisneros was a writer on Instructions Not Included and is a writer along with Shuman on the upcoming comedy Half Brothers.
Spyglass Media Group and Project X Entertainment are working on the Short Circuit reboot. These two companies are also working on the new Scream movie, which is due out on January 14, 2022.
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The original Short Circuit movie was about a military robot that was struck by lightning during a test, which caused the robot to become sentient. The robot escapes and is soon discovered by an animal caretaker. Breakfast Club actress Ally Sheedy played the role of the caretaker in the original movie, but did not return for a main role in the sequel.
Short Circuit 2 came out a couple of years after the first one, but it grossed about half as much as the first movie did at the box office. No other Short Circuit movies were made until now.
A Short Circuit remake was reportedly in the works around 2009 with the director of Paul Blart: Mall Cop and a writer from Robot Chicken. The remake resurfaced a few years later with the director of Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties attached, but that attempt also never made it to production.
Petey Oneto is a freelance writer for IGN.