Universal Planning R-Rated Remake of John Hughes' 'Weird Science'
by Ethan Anderton
April 18, 2013
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?