New Deals: Tim Hill on 'Short Circuit', Branagh on 'Guernsey Literary'

August 4, 2011
Source: Deadline

Short Circuit

A couple of updates on directors. First up, via Deadline, Dimension Films is signing on Tim Hill, director of Muppets from Space, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, Alvin and the Chipmunks and Hop, for their Short Circuit remake/reboot, about the robot Johnny 5 who comes alive. We've known this was coming for quite a while, so it's no surprise. The script is getting revised by Hill, from an original draft by Dan Milano. David Foster, who produced the original, is producing with Ryan E. Heppe & John Hyde. Secondly, THR/Variety are reporting that Kenneth Branagh is considering drecting the Fox adaptation of The Guernsey Literary.

Kenneth Branagh is considering an offer from 20th Century Fox to direct an adaptation of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a 2008 novel written by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows that follows an author swarmed by letters from inhabitants of her once-German-occupied British island in the aftermath of World War II. Paula Mazur and Mitchell Kaplan are producing. The screenplay was adapted by Don Roos (The Opposite of Sex, Marley & Me). The story has been described as a love story set in London and on the island of Guernsey shortly after WWII. Branagh last directed Marvel's Thor and is also attached to direct Boys in the Boat. I'm curious to see what he directs next. We'll keep you updated on both projects!

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"Tim Hill, director of Muppets from Space, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, Alvin and the Chipmunks and Hop".... how is this guy not directing car dealership commercials by now?

John Von Rader on Aug 4, 2011


Because (and this is pretty terrible) Garfield 2 made 140 million, Hop made 185 million, and most sickeningly of all, The Chipmunks did 370 million. To the studios, this guy is a better, more reliable investment than Terrence Malick or Steven Soderbergh. 

Lebowski on Aug 5, 2011


LOL I know right, seriously.

Baron the Curse on Aug 5, 2011


Movie idea malfunction. Need better input.

Dustin Asher on Aug 5, 2011


I really wish they would find better scripts than remakes.

Anonymous on Aug 5, 2011

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