Is Nothing Sacred? Weird Science Remake Rumours
There are certain movies from your childhood that you deem sacred. For me it was movies like Flight Of The Navigator and WarGames, but also lumped-in by default is pretty much anything that the late John Hughes made- The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Weird Science.
Unfortunately the “law” has been broken, and (according to Deadline) producer Joel Silver wants to do a remake of our ode to hormonal nerds, Weird Science. In case you’ve not seen it (a travesty!) it’s about two nerdy kids- Gary (Anthony Michael Hall) and Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) who decide to make the perfect woman in the form of Lisa (Kelly LeBrock), only she’s a little more than that.
Michael Bacall (21 Jump Street, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) is set to pen the new script, so there’s hope that at least that’s going to be OK- I loved Scott Pilgrim and 21 Jump Street, so I’m crossing my fingers.
Now, in case anyone forgot, there’s already been a remake of sorts; back in 1994 there was a Weird Science TV series, still featuring the same characters Gary and Wyatt, though instead played by John Asher and Michael Manasseri.
This never aired in the UK I completely missed this when it was on, so I’ve not had the privilege of seeing it, however it ran for five seasons and clocked-up 88 episodes, so it can’t have been all that bad.
So with all of this, the question remains: if the original is still amazing (I re-watched it two days ago as it happens) and the TV series was good too, what’s the point of remaking it? It won’t be the same without a baby-faced Robert Downey Jr acting like a douche and screaming like a girl with a bra on his head.