1980s Film ‘Electric Dreams’ is Getting a Remake

ELECTRIC DREAMS, Lenny von Dohlen, 1984
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With all of the chatter about AI and its advancement, it begs the question, could your computer ever fall in love? The 1984 science fiction comedy film Electric Dreams asked this same question. The cult classic film about a love triangle between a man, a woman, and a computer premiered in the ’80s and while it received mixed reviews at the time, it has since become a beloved movie in the hearts of many ’80s fans. Now, a remake is in the works.

In the original film, Miles, played the the late Lenny von Dohlen, is an architect who acquires a state-of-the-art computer. The computer, voiced by Bud Cort, comes alive and falls in love with Miles’ girlfriend Madeline, played by Virginia Madsen. The movie also featured a rad ’80s soundtrack with songs from Culture Club, Heaven 17, and more. Film executive Paul Davidson has now acquired the rights to remake the film, originally written and produced by Rusty Lemorande, who is in support of the new project. Brian T. Arnold has been brought on to write the new film but no word on who might be cast in the remake quite yet.

ELECTRIC DREAMS, Virginia Madsen, Lenny von Dohlen, 1984

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Davidson said that Electric Dreams is “an iconic film that left a deep imprint on me from the first time I saw it.” He added, “Released in what is clearly one of the best decades for film ever, it remains a classic that feels especially prescient today. Joining forces with Brian and Rusty is immensely exciting.” Lemorande also said that he believes the movie should be remade with all of the recent AI developments.

ELECTRIC DREAMS, Virginia Madsen, 1984,

MGM/Everett Collection

Arnold chimed in, “I’m so excited to be a part of bringing ‘Electric Dreams’ to our modern age. The recent advances in and proliferation of artificial intelligence have made us all rethink our relationship to technology and what it truly means to be human. This project is such a fun opportunity to explore how technology is rapidly changing the way we live, work, create, and even fall in love – which is actually kind of existentially terrifying if you stop and think about it.” Perhaps this will turn into a horror/comedy?

Are you excited about a remake for Electric Dreams or do you wish they would cut it out with the remakes? Let us know in the comments! You can watch Electric Dreams on Roku, YouTube, or Prime Video. Or you can listen to this earworm.

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