Dimension taps scribe for ‘Short Circuit’ reboot

Matt Lieberman to pen reboot of 1986 family pic

Dimension Films has tapped Matt Lieberman to write a reimagining of “Short Circuit,” which will be directed by Tim Hill (“Hop”).

Hill will supervise the new take, the details of which remain under wraps.

Original 1986 family film followed Johnny Five, an experimental military robot that develops intelligence and self-awareness after being struck by lightning. With the help of a troubled young boy, the robot tries to evade capture and convince his creator that he’s truly alive.

Dimension optioned the remake rights in 2009, though the project languished until Hill signed on to direct in August. David Foster, who produced the original, is producing with Ryan E. Heppe, John Hyde and Brian Manis.

Production is skedded for the end of the year, with Dimension eyeing a release next summer.

“Dimension has had great success with the ‘Spy Kids’ family series which grossed over $500 million worldwide,” said Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of the Weinstein Co. “We are looking for ‘Short Circuit’ to be our next family franchise.”

Lieberman is fresh out of Disney’s feature writing program, where he worked on “The Muppets” and “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.” Scribe made a splash several years ago when he sold his pitch “The Pet” to Disney and producer Scott Rudin.

Scribe is repped by Madhouse Entertainment, Preferred Artists and attorney Melissa Rogal.