Robot Chicken writer will draft the new Short Circuit remake

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Dimension Films has tapped Robot Chicken writer Dan Milano to draft the script for Short Circuit, the remake of the 1986 sci-fi comedy, Variety reported.

The original movie was about Number 5, an armed robot who acquires a personality after a lightning strike and seeks the help of humans to prevent his destruction by the military.

Milano writes and provides voices for the Adult Swim cartoon Robot Chicken and co-created and played the title character on TV's Greg the Bunny. He will bring a subversive edge to the original film, which was written by S.S. Wilson and Brent Maddock.

David Foster, who produced the original and is back to produce the remake with Ryan E. Heppe and John Hyde, said that Milano first watched the original while he was in high school and sparked to updating the concept.