SACRILEGE? Universal Is Remaking John Hughes 1985 Classic: “Weird Science”


You know, there’s going to be sex, drugs, rock-n-roll… chips, dips, chains, whips… You know, your basic high school orgy type of thing. I mean, uh, I’m not talking candlewax on the nipples, or witchcraft or anything like that, no, no, no. Just a couple of hundred kids running around in their underwear, acting like complete animals.”

Lisa- Weird Science 1985

Deadline has reported that Universal is remaking the 1985 John Hughes classic, Weird Science.  The original starred Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton, and the future Tony Stark himself, a 20 year old Robert Downey Jr.

Screen Shot 2013-04-18 at 10.15.14 PMMichael Bacall who wrote 21 Jump Street, starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill will be penning the remake and Joel Silver, who produced the original 1985 film will be back to produce the remake.

“If your going to float an air biscuit let me know ok, float a what? if your going to fart, squeeze cheese let me know ok I’ll hit the fan.” – Gary

Hughes is one of those directors whose work is lauded by many with fond memories.  From his time as a screenwriter on films like Mr. Mom and National Lampoon’s Vacation to when he REALLY took off as a director of teen-angst comedies like Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off , Hughes compiled a stable of movies that are still cherished over 20+ years later.

Screen Shot 2013-04-18 at 10.16.23 PMUniversal reeeeeeeeealy needs to get this one right.  To take on a Hughes film would be like someone saying they wanted to redo Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.  It doesn’t SOUND like a good idea but only time will tell.  There are SO many great scenes and lines from the original and the acting is still memorable to this day.  Casting is going to play a key part if this one is to succeed.  How do you fill Anthony Michael Hall’s or Kelly LeBrock’s shoes on this one?

Stay tuned to find out more as it is released.  Keep your fingers crossed that Universal treats this project like a parent holding their first born baby for the very first time.


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4 Responses to SACRILEGE? Universal Is Remaking John Hughes 1985 Classic: “Weird Science”

  1. mikey2ct says:

    It may be not be the same class as re making Star Trek The Motion Picture but still ….? Maybe we’ll have to wait to see whether it an homage or other take.


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