Tim Hill has said that he will be moving away from the "cute" Johnny 5 of the previous films.
"I'm tempted to go back and grab the original," he told the Los Angeles Times, "but I think it has to be closer to what modern design actually is.
"There are computer models and labs developing real machines like this... You've got to find the balance between something fierce and something endearing. The original was cute. But no one was threatened by it."
Hill revealed his plans to bring some new drama to robot star Johnny 5's story.
"The thing that makes it so relevant is that we live in this age of robots, particularly when it comes to war," he said.
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"We have drones that do our fighting for us, do all these jobs men and women don't want to do. And that's what makes this so interesting - things like this moment in the story when Johnny realises he's going to be disassembled and contemplates death, and whether it's right to terminate someone else."
Short Circuit is yet to have a production start date announced.
Watch a trailer for the original Short Circuit below: