Universal Planning R-Rated Remake of John Hughes' 'Weird Science'

April 18, 2013

Weird Science

After scripting an adaptation of the 80s TV series 21 Jump Street (which just had a sequel pegged for a 2014 release), writer Michael Bacall also seemed a little inspired by the decade for his party comedy Project X at Silver Pictures. Now Universal has tapped the writer who also gave them Scott Pilgrim vs. the World to write a remake of the seminal teen comedy Weird Science, one of the many revered films from the late John Hughes. Deadline reports Universal is teaming with Joel Silver for this iteration which will turn the concept of two teen nerds creating their perfect woman out of thin air into an R-rated comedy. Read on!

While everyone's reaction might be negative, mostly because we're touching the work of someone like John Hughes, let's remember that the film is hardly his best work, and is certainly his weirdest and most outlandish film. In fact, it's probably the only film that I'm not leery about seeing remade, especially as an R-rated comedy. The question is who take on the lead roles originated by Michael Anthony Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith? Honestly, my personal choices would be Michael Cera and Clark Duke, mainly because of their collaboration on the web series Clark and Michael from a few years ago. I'd also be interested in seeing Donald Glover and Danny Pudi from "Community" get the gig. More importantly, who will be the object of the boys' fantasy? Scarlett Johansson? Kate Upton? Helen Mirren? Thoughts?

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  • Kev
    Kelly Brook. End of sentence.
    • avconsumer2
      Heh - fitting! (Kelly LeBrock)
  • Chris Groves
    R-rated? So what? The teens are actually going to get some sexy-time with the chick? hahaha
    • racquetman
      Don't tell me that you didn't want to see Kelly LeBrock's ass in the shower scene of the original!!
      • Chris Groves
        Okay, I won't 😀
  • Chuck Debois
    Helen Mirren, hahaha.
  • N.
    Emma Watson...
  • avconsumer2
    "No shit Chet.... No shit..."
  • frank
    Please no ...some things are sacred
  • racquetman
    If it's gonna be R rated then I assume we're going to get to see some T&A from the leading lady - that'll eliminate quite a few actresses. Chet is one of the iconic characters of the '80's. You're not going to top Bill Paxton's performance in the original.
    • grimjob
      Between this and True Lies, Paxton has pretty much mastered the role of "Lowlife".
      • JL
        Get a load of psychopathic Paxton in "Near Dark"
        • grimjob
          I have not seen that. Thanks for the recommendation.
  • Not Applicable
    First of all, Real Genius was a superior film. Secondly, neither should be remade. Leave the classics alone. Use them as inspiration to fuel new originals.
    • Brian Sleider
    • nom nom
      Yes, Real Genius rocked, but the young genius character was boring as hell and added very little to the film. Weird Science had Bill Paxton, who stole every scene he was in. "How about a nice, big, greasy pork sandwich served in a dirty ashtray?" While they are at it, they ought to remake Pretty In Pink and actually have Andie hook up with Duckie and fix that abomination of a test audience ending.
      • FamilyJewels
        TOTALLY!!!!!!!!!!! Even if you regard Genius as a superior film, Weird Science was FAR MORE ENTERTAINING, I might have seen Real Genius once. Weird Science, at least 50 times. You've got Downey Jr. in it and Paxton spewing iines like....."You're stewed, buttwad!!!"and "The FAMILY JEWELS?" or " You two donkey-dicks couldn't get laid in a morgue." HA! HA! HA! HA! After writing this I think I'm gonna go down stairs and make a pork sandwich right know in protest.
  • grimjob
    Huh. A remake that could actually offer something the original couldn't. A rare thing these days.
  • "Do you realize that it's snowing in my bedroom?!?!"
  • BinaryChaos
    I see a Ferris Bueller's Day Off remake in the works.... I don't think Weird Science has aged very well over the years and I'm sure there are a lot of teenagers wondering where are the cell phones and tablets in the film.
  • Bam Bam
    Kelly Brook to replace Kelly LeBrock. It would be Perfect.
  • Noooooooooooooooo




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