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Universal planning to remake John Hughes' "Weird Science"

by Brandy McDonnell Published: April 18, 2013

Um … what are these little maniacs thinking?

Universal Pictures and Silver Pictures have announced plans to remake one of my favorite movies of the 1980s, John Hughes’ nerd wish-fulfillment comedy “Weird Science,” reports

The film will be produced by Joel Silver (“Sherlock Holmes”), who made the idiosyncratic original with Hughes at Universal. Michael Bacall, who scripted the sleeper hit “Project X” for Silver Pictures and wrote the script for “21 Jump Street,” another ’80s-centric property that became a hit for Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, will write the remake.

According to, the remake will be 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 early stage.

The quirky 1985 comedy starred Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith as nerdy outcasts who use early-day home computer technology to create the perfect woman to fulfill their adolescent fantasies, only to find she is much more than a sex object. The original also starred Bill Paxton and Robert Downey Jr., with Kelly LeBrock playing their smart and sexy creation.

The movie was later turned into a TV series for USA Network.

“Weird Science” is such a distinctively ’80s movie – not to mention such a strange, and in typical Hughes fashion, insightful comedy – that it’s hard to imagine any remake adequately recreating the original’s adolescent charm and zany hilarity.


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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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