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Universal, Joel Silver To Remake John Hughes Comedy ‘Weird Science’

By | Thursday April 18, 2013 @ 9:48am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures and Silver Pictures will remake Weird Science, the 1985 ultimate nerd wish fulfillment comedy that was written and directed by John Hughes. The film will be produced by Joel Silver, who made the original with Hughes at Universal. Michael Bacall will write the script. He scripted the sleeper hit Project X for Silver Pictures and wrote the script for 21 Jump Street, another 80s-centric property that became a hit for Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill.

Now, the knee-jerk reaction would be concern about messing with any film by Hughes, who made this comedy right when he was in that wheelhouse of transitioning from screenwriter of Mr. Mom and National Lampoon’s Vacation to director of teen-angst comedies like Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club (which preceded Weird Science) and Pretty In Pink and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (which followed Weird Science).

This film will attempt to carve out its own identity by being redrawn as an edgier comedy in line with 21 Jump Street and The Hangover, which were R-rated; the studio says the rating for Weird Science is not certain at this nascent stage. The original starred Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith as brainy nerds who attempt to create the perfect woman to fulfill their heavy-breathing adolescent fantasies, only to find she is something more than a sex object. The original also starred Bill … Read More »

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Jim Hecht Rewriting John Hughes Comedy ‘The Grigsbys Go Broke’ For Paramount

By | Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 9:46am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Jim Hecht, the Ice Age: The Meltdown scribe who recently signed on to write The Big Cigar (about Bert Schneider’s attempt to smuggle Black Panthers leader Huey Newton to Cuba by faking a movie) has signed on to rewrite The Grigsbys Go Broke for Paramount and producers Joe Roth and Palak Patel at Revolution. He’s stepping into hallowed ground here, because this was one of the last scripts written by the late great writer-director John Hughes, with whom Roth made Home Alone. Hecht is repped by UTA and The Gotham Group.

The script is about a family whose greed takes them from a contented life to move to Mulletville, selling all their possessions to do it. Stripped of their wealth, they have to start all over.

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