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Remake News: John Hughes' Weird Science to get remade as an edgier, R-rated comedy

04.18.2013by:

Ah, WEIRD SCIENCE, yet another staple of my childhood and harbinger of sexual awakenings to teenage boys of the '80's. Even if you didn't grow up in that era, it's likely you've seen the John Hughes sci-fi teen comedy that sees two nerdy guys (Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith) create their own "perfect woman" who turns out to be some kind of magical superhottie. It put the limelight on said hottie, Kelly LeBrock, who embedded the image of a chick in blue panties and torn t-shirt standing in a doorway deep into the subconscious brain of lustful males everywhere. It also featured two co-stars who would later go on to have tremendous careers; Robert Downey, Jr. and Bill Paxton, in one of his most hilarious villain roles to date. In the mid-90's the USA Network ran 5 seasons of a WEIRD SCIENCE TV show, starring another superhottie, Vanessa Angel (KINGPIN).

And now, it's being remade, courtesy of Joel Silver and screenwriter Michael Bacall (PROJECT X, 21 JUMP STREET), this time as an "edgier R-rated comedy in line with 21 JUMP STREET and THE HANGOVER." Now, although the original will always remain a classic in my mind, I actually don't have a problem with this. For one, I'm a sucker for the premise. Secondly, there is a bevy of megahotties that could fill the role of Lisa (Kelly Brook, Kelly Brook, or Kelly Brook would be my choice) and a lot of potential to take the story into updated territory, that could reallly benefit from an R-rating. One of my main complaints of the original was that the two nerds were just...too nerdy. I just didn't buy that they'd never try to bang their "creation." You don't make a 1985 version of Kelly LeBrock and NOT try to throw down.

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Source: Deadline

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3:01AM on 04/20/2013
oh, just make it a porn so we dont have to deal with a real remake.
oh, just make it a porn so we dont have to deal with a real remake.
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8:32PM on 04/19/2013
I think there's some potential here. I'll see who gets cast before I get too excited though
I think there's some potential here. I'll see who gets cast before I get too excited though
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11:46AM on 04/19/2013
"Oh, boy! This is a great and well thought out idea!"

-said no one ever.
"Oh, boy! This is a great and well thought out idea!"

-said no one ever.
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10:12AM on 04/19/2013

NO !

Why does Hollywood feel the need to remake everything? Most remakes are not that good..what hurts more is remaking movies that dont need a remake...case in point...Weird Science..great movie, hot Kelly LeBrock, great performace by Anthony Michael Hall and Bill Paxton...why bother remaking a classic 80's movie? Did moviegoers start craving a remake? NOOO! so, why ruin a classic? Red Dawn (remake) sucked...Footloose (remake) sucked...It would be nice if the movie audience had a voice to
Why does Hollywood feel the need to remake everything? Most remakes are not that good..what hurts more is remaking movies that dont need a remake...case in point...Weird Science..great movie, hot Kelly LeBrock, great performace by Anthony Michael Hall and Bill Paxton...why bother remaking a classic 80's movie? Did moviegoers start craving a remake? NOOO! so, why ruin a classic? Red Dawn (remake) sucked...Footloose (remake) sucked...It would be nice if the movie audience had a voice to Hollywood to recouage them to not make remakes.
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4:37AM on 04/19/2013
Nothing is holy anymore.
Nothing is holy anymore.
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3:45AM on 04/19/2013

All this does...

Is make me want to go back in time and do the horizontal mambo with Kelly LeBrock. Kelly Brook can come too...
Is make me want to go back in time and do the horizontal mambo with Kelly LeBrock. Kelly Brook can come too...
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11:15PM on 04/18/2013

Remake?!?

Oh dear god, NO!
Oh dear god, NO!
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10:47PM on 04/18/2013
oh why not really? NO use bitching & moaning about movies being remade anymore.
oh why not really? NO use bitching & moaning about movies being remade anymore.
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8:59PM on 04/18/2013

I know I am going to get voted down for this

Have you guys heard of porn? There was a Weird Science XXX that came out recently. See [link] Seeing as how an R rated version would just have people pretending to have sex I can see an R rated version getting old very fast.

If they want to make a funny, raunchy comedy they should go the other way and not try to make it sexy but just funny: imagine the nerds sitting at the computer saying "Bigger boobs! Bigger ass! Give her a tan!" and out pops Queen Latifa! The guys show no interest
Have you guys heard of porn? There was a Weird Science XXX that came out recently. See [link] Seeing as how an R rated version would just have people pretending to have sex I can see an R rated version getting old very fast.

If they want to make a funny, raunchy comedy they should go the other way and not try to make it sexy but just funny: imagine the nerds sitting at the computer saying "Bigger boobs! Bigger ass! Give her a tan!" and out pops Queen Latifa! The guys show no interest in having sex with her which, no offense to Queen Latifa, makes perfect sense. Seriously, the original movie made no sense at all: they created the perfect girl supposedly so they could have sex with her and when they got what they considered the perfect girl they didn't want to have sex with her. WTF? If they want to remake the original movie and not have it be a porno then they have to explain why they suddenly became limp-dicked.
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6:55PM on 04/18/2013
Love Bill paxton's character Chet."Not having a good time? Do you think my grandparents are having a good time being catatonic in a closet?" its one of my favourite lines which make me laugh out loud whenever i remember it.like to see Richard Linklater do remake of Breakfast club
Love Bill paxton's character Chet."Not having a good time? Do you think my grandparents are having a good time being catatonic in a closet?" its one of my favourite lines which make me laugh out loud whenever i remember it.like to see Richard Linklater do remake of Breakfast club
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6:52PM on 04/18/2013
To think Kelly LeBrock was wasted on Steven Seagal.
To think Kelly LeBrock was wasted on Steven Seagal.
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6:21PM on 04/18/2013
Michael Bacall also co-wrote Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. I think that if a lot more people knew that they wouldn't be so upset over this.
Michael Bacall also co-wrote Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. I think that if a lot more people knew that they wouldn't be so upset over this.
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5:06PM on 04/18/2013
I'm on the fence. I love the concept and I think in the right hands it could be something special. Also given how technology has exploded since the 80's an update isn't that bad of an idea. I just hope this one at least has some sort of a lesson, the last thing I want to see are douche high schoolers getting away with it in the end.
I'm on the fence. I love the concept and I think in the right hands it could be something special. Also given how technology has exploded since the 80's an update isn't that bad of an idea. I just hope this one at least has some sort of a lesson, the last thing I want to see are douche high schoolers getting away with it in the end.
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4:48PM on 04/18/2013

Pass

oops, double post
oops, double post
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4:40PM on 04/18/2013

Pass

Watching a remake of a Hughes' will just make me angry. just don't.
Watching a remake of a Hughes' will just make me angry. just don't.
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3:48PM on 04/18/2013
Hopefully, Joel Silver is not overly involved in this remake. Silver makes some great fims and a lot of stinkers. However, that concern aside, I am very enthused about a Weird Science remake for three reasons. One, Michael Bacall's 21 Jump Street was freakin' hilarious. Two, BojacRedlief is right; the original had an R-rated premise. Three, I have never liked the original. My friends have. But, for me, Weird Science exemplifies a movie that should be remade. The first one tried waaaay too hard
Hopefully, Joel Silver is not overly involved in this remake. Silver makes some great fims and a lot of stinkers. However, that concern aside, I am very enthused about a Weird Science remake for three reasons. One, Michael Bacall's 21 Jump Street was freakin' hilarious. Two, BojacRedlief is right; the original had an R-rated premise. Three, I have never liked the original. My friends have. But, for me, Weird Science exemplifies a movie that should be remade. The first one tried waaaay too hard to be cool and was waaaay too campy--even for a nerd viewer. Another Weird Science, a hilarious better one, is most welcome.
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3:44PM on 04/18/2013

Call it something else.

It won't be Weird Science. Just call it Strange Science and 90% of the original fans will be happy.
Weird Science is a classic. To think they are going to bastardize the original and turn it into one of those shitty looking project X style movies blows my mind.
It won't be Weird Science. Just call it Strange Science and 90% of the original fans will be happy.
Weird Science is a classic. To think they are going to bastardize the original and turn it into one of those shitty looking project X style movies blows my mind.
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3:36PM on 04/18/2013

This obviously won't live up to the original...

That said, give Kelly Brook the role as Lisa and I'll be first in line.
That said, give Kelly Brook the role as Lisa and I'll be first in line.
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3:31PM on 04/18/2013
See this is one of those movies that they could do alot with if it's 're imagined' correctly. Don't strictly remake it as no one outside of the late 80s/early 90s will even know what Weird Science was/is. Could be alot of fun if done right.
See this is one of those movies that they could do alot with if it's 're imagined' correctly. Don't strictly remake it as no one outside of the late 80s/early 90s will even know what Weird Science was/is. Could be alot of fun if done right.
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3:26PM on 04/18/2013
If they are gonna do that it must have cameos from the original cast.
If they are gonna do that it must have cameos from the original cast.
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3:25PM on 04/18/2013

It has finally started...

The remakes of John Huges movies are coming. Maybe Universal will gain the rights to all of his films and release one every year. Call it "The John Hughes Universe" Franchise. They'll probably get some quirky tart, like Diablo Cody, to write it.
The remakes of John Huges movies are coming. Maybe Universal will gain the rights to all of his films and release one every year. Call it "The John Hughes Universe" Franchise. They'll probably get some quirky tart, like Diablo Cody, to write it.
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2:33PM on 04/18/2013
Y'know April Fools was in the beginning of the month. You gotta be kidding me???
Y'know April Fools was in the beginning of the month. You gotta be kidding me???
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2:31PM on 04/18/2013

Loved the movie and tv show

but i will pass on a remake, thank you
but i will pass on a remake, thank you
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2:22PM on 04/18/2013
If "edgier" just means more dick and fart jokes, forget it.
If "edgier" just means more dick and fart jokes, forget it.
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2:14PM on 04/18/2013
I loved the premise, loved the original, loved the series, love the theme song, I am so there! The fact that for the first time we may actually see Lisa the computer genie naked is outstanding to me!
I loved the premise, loved the original, loved the series, love the theme song, I am so there! The fact that for the first time we may actually see Lisa the computer genie naked is outstanding to me!
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2:04PM on 04/18/2013
I hope they do unknown casting calls, it would be fun to try for a film like this
I hope they do unknown casting calls, it would be fun to try for a film like this
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1:55PM on 04/18/2013
Go for it and Kelly Brook has my vote.
Go for it and Kelly Brook has my vote.
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1:46PM on 04/18/2013
I actually think remaking this movie as an R rated, raunchy comedy is a great idea. With our current technology, the story will be different enough to warrant a new movie.
I actually think remaking this movie as an R rated, raunchy comedy is a great idea. With our current technology, the story will be different enough to warrant a new movie.
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1:43PM on 04/18/2013

... to be fair, Weird Science was a movie that really should have been R

"Fuckin' Weird Science; where this babe wants to take her gear off and get down - but oh no she don't - cuz it's a PG movie."
"Fuckin' Weird Science; where this babe wants to take her gear off and get down - but oh no she don't - cuz it's a PG movie."
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1:39PM on 04/18/2013
Love this this film and it's such a classic. I'm not totally against this being remade, but I kind of wish it wasn't. If that make any sense.
Love this this film and it's such a classic. I'm not totally against this being remade, but I kind of wish it wasn't. If that make any sense.
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