A Latinx Remake of “Short Circuit” is in the Making

Tim Blaney in "Short Circuit"

In 1986 the military robot Johnny Five was hit by lightning in John Badham’s movie Short Circuit and became sentient. He captured the audience’s hearts and the movie became a cult comedy classic. Now, Spyglass media is developing a remake—with a Latinx twist.

Eduardo Cisneros and Jason Shuman were asked by the studio to write the script for the new remake. Spyglass is still checking several options for other talents to take part in the project—both on the creative and on the performance side of it.

James Vanderbilt, Paul Neinstein, and William Sherak from Project X Entertainment will produce the movie. John W. Hyde from Rehab Entertainment will executive produce alongside Terissa Kelton. Production prexy Peter Oillataguerre and production veep Chris Stone will oversee for Spyglass.

The original movie was written by S. S. Wilson and Brent Maddock. It followed Johnny five, voiced by Tim Blaney, as he teams up with an animal caregiver played by Ally Sheedy as he tries to avoid being captured by the military. The movie starred Steve Guttenberg, Fisher Stevens, Austin Pendleton, and G. W. Bailey and spawned a sequel in 1988. Plans for a third installment were scrapped though.