"Short Circuit" to be Remade by "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" Director! 

Steve Carr, the director who gave us the Kevin James hit "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" has been hired by Dimension films to remake the 1986 sci-fi film, "Short Circuit."

They're calling this a robot reboot and will bing Johnny 5 into the 21st century. If you remember, the film is about Number 5, one of a group of experimental military robots, who develops self-awareness after being struck by lightning.

The remake's script is written by Dan Milano from "Robot Chicken."

The original 1986 "Short Circuit" film starring Ally Sheedy and Steve Guttenberg was cute, but the one that I remember the most was El Debarge's hit song "Who's Johnny." Do you remember this video?

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Bidding From Next Film from "Paranormal Activity" Director 

As we reported on Oct. 6th, director Oren Peli's "Paranormal Activity" follow-up is an exploration into the horrors of Area 51. Sounds exciting right? But apparently, Hollywood is approaching this news with caution. (Check original story -- "Paranormal Activity" Director to Explore Area 51!)

Oh there's a bidding war going on right now for the U.S. rights to "Area 51," but every studio is taking a "wait-and-see" approach.

"Paranormal Activity," a film that was made for $15,000, so far, has made $62.5 million! If you haven't seen the film, go watch it now, it's truly scary!

Now, "Area 51," being made with a modest budget of $5 million, is still in search of a studio backing. So the big question is, how much is Peli's next film really worth?

Take a look at this article and pay attention to how cautious Hollywood is playing the "Area 51" game.

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Director Kenny Ortega Pulls a Zac Efron, Leaves "Footloose" Remake 

Much like his original chosen star, Zac Efron, director Kenny Ortega is no longer putting on his dancing shoes for "Footloose."

Efron quit the production, then replaced by Chace Crawford, now, Ortega has left the film! DRAMA!

All this drama is heightened by the fact that Ortega directed the expected-to-be-huge Michael Jackson concert film, "This is It."

Paramount is in search of a new director, and the studio insists that production will still begin in March when Crawford's on hiatus from "Gossip Girl." "Dancing with the Stars" dancer and part-time country singer, Julianne Hough, is set to co-star.

So why did Ortega leave the production?

Well, Paramount said it's because of the budget, while Ortega issued a press statement saying "Coming off the extraordinary project, Michael Jackson's `This is It,' director Kenny Ortega has decided it is premature for him to commit to his next film and will not be moving forward with `Footloose' as previously reported."

But our trusted friends from Variety revealed that Paramount production chief Adam Goodman "wanted an edgier drama with less emphasis on the musical numbers, and a budget around $25 million or less. Paramount has confirmed the budget dispute, but the studio said the budget will be less than $25 million."

Honestly, I side with Paramount on this. If the studio is planning an edgier take on "Footloose," then more power to them! I think, the story, and the original 1984 film starring Kevin Bacon, certainly warrant a new, darker take on a parable about a town that banned dancing forever!

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"Mad Max 4" in the Works But Where's Mel Gibson? 

The fourth film in the "Mad Max" franchise, to be called "Fury Road," is set to go into production in Sydney and New South Wales next year.

George Miller will produce the film which by the way, is reportedly going to cost $100 million! Yes, $100 million for a "Mad Max" film, isn't that insane?

But right now, there's no studio backing for the fourth film yet, and Mel Gibson, the original Max, is not attached to the movie.

Say what you will about Gibson, but a "Mad Max" film without him is like having an "Indiana Jones" movie without Harrison Ford.

I also heard that Miller is currently in production on "Happy Feet 2." I enjoyed the first one, here's hoping this one's great.

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New Bond Film to Shoot Next Year? 

If we are to believe the current James Bond, Daniel Craig, then the 23rd 007 film will start shooting late next year.

Craig gave that timeline answer to a fan asking him about production of the next Bond film while exiting the stage door for "A Steady Rain," the Broadway play he's starring with Hugh Jackman.

But MGM had no comment.

This is what we know -- Peter Morgan, Neal Purvis, and Robert Wade are writing the script for the new Bond film. Purvis and Wade both worked on "Quantum of Solace" and "Casino Royale."

Morgan, is the brilliant scriptwriter behind "The Queen" and "Frost/Nixon."

There's no director attached to the film yet, so stay tuned...

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