EXCLUSIVE: Dimension Films is making a deal with Tim Hill to direct its reboot of Short Circuit, the 1986 film about an experimental robot manufactured to be a weapon until a lightning strike fills it with intelligence. It runs away and befriends a fractured family, the military in hot pursuit. Hill directed the Illumination pic Hop and Fox’s Alvin and the Chipmunks. Dimension optioned the remake rights in 2009, originally signing Paul Blart: Mall Cop helmer Steve Carr and screenwriter Dan Milano. The project has languished and Hill is being brought in to supervise a new script and get the iconic robot Johnny 5 moving. David Foster, who produced the original, is producing with Ryan E. Heppe and John Hyde. Hill is repped by Gersh and Principato-Young.
EXCLUSIVE: NALA Films has set Paul Blart: Mall Cop helmer Steve Carr to direct and Rob Riggle and Thomas Lennon to star in The Boondoggle, the comedy that the producer/financier bought in January as a spec. Riggle and Lennon play two guys who attend a boondoggle business trip. Despite the island-paradise setting, everything possible goes awry. Christopher Halvorson wrote the original draft. The film will shoot in late summer with NALA Films funding it.
NALA’s Emilio Diez Barroso and Darlene Caamano Loquet are producing with Joe Roth, Palak Patel and Barrett Stuart. Shooting will get underway in the summer. Carr’s Rumpus Entertainment partner Jason Taragan will be exec producer. Riggle will next be seen in the Tom Hanks-directed Larry Crowne and is shooting 21 Jump Street, while Lennon will next be seen in Bad Teacher. Lennon, who rewrote this script with Riggle, usually writes with Ben Garant, who hatched Night at the Museum and Reno 911!
NALA Films just financed and produced House of My Father, the Spanish-language comedy that stars Will Ferrell, and the Max Winkler-directed Ceremony.