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Wiseman Takes TOTAL RECALL

Len Wiseman will try out Total Recall remake.

By Jarrod Sarafin     July 30, 2010
Source: Heat Vision


Arnold Schwarzenegger as Douglas Quaid/Hauser doesn't like his vacation trip in Paul Verhoeven's TOTAL RECALL(1990).
© TriStar Pictures

Director Len Wiseman may need to get his ass to Mars in the very near future. While his plans to remake Escape from New York fell apart a few years back over at New Line, Heat Vision reports that Columbia thinks he has what it takes for a revision of Total Recall. The trade says studio and producer Neal Moritz are aiming for a contemporized adaptation of the 1990 classic, which was based on Philip K. Dick story, "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale."

Plot Concept: While it is unknown at this time whether Kurt Wimmer's current script is following a similar path as the original, it followed a man haunted by a recurring dream of journeying to Mars who buys a literal dream vacation from a company called Rekall Inc., which sells implanted memories. The man comes to believe he is a secret agent and ends up on a Martian colony, where he fights to overthrow a despotic ruler controlling the production of air. The movie explored one of Dick's favorite topics, reality vs. delusion, as audiences never knew whether or not the story was a dream.

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sportwarrior 7/30/2010 2:01:12 AM

Whhhhy remake this? Seriously? There are so many good IPs out there that deserve big screen treatment that aren't getting it. Just forge somewhere new, Hollywood. This doesn't need to be remade.

Chopsaki 7/30/2010 2:09:33 AM

I loved the original. My initial reaction to this is don't do it, but I'll try to reserve judgment till I see a trailer...

JarrodSarafin 7/30/2010 2:42:12 AM

On the fence here really. It's becoming hard not to roll my eyes at nearly ever remake news piece I need to write up (and insert massive amounts of sarcasm within) but this doesn't attract the same inner geek hostility that say....something like a Poltergeist remake inspires. Strike that...a Poltergeist remake by the Boogeyman writers. I can't help but insert hostility into that type of news anytime it crosses the wire. And you Maniacs must forgive me.

If I were to flip a coin, I'd say I'm against a remake of Total Recall.

The original is priceless cheeseball sci-fi at its best as only Verhoeven did back in the good 'ole days. So why do it? But that's Hollywood these days. Go with the proven commodity, ignore the unproven ambitious sci-fi script from some unknown writer.

I will say that as a genre fan, I trust Len Wiseman a hell of lot more than I trust the Boogeyman writers though.. :)

redhairs99 7/30/2010 4:42:58 AM

One question...Will this remake include a chick with 3 boobs?

rgtchtiger 7/30/2010 4:45:26 AM

 A part of me died after reading this article.  And if this remake actually gets made, a much larger part of me will die.

mosgza 7/30/2010 4:46:17 AM

 I'd rather hear the words "remake" than "reboot" any day....

I feel good stories are meant to be retold and the same goes for Hollywood.  As long as there's always a nice twenty year gap in between the tellings, I don't have a problem with this.  I wonder how much doubt and criticism would have been expressed by Maniacs back in '82 when rumors of this John Carpenter guy surfaced that he'd like to put a new take on "The Thing From Another World"?

Let it most likely fail and make the original that much more cherished - or, who knows, lightening may strike twice!

Dazzler 7/30/2010 4:52:15 AM

Why not sequel it out like Tron?

SarcasticCaveman 7/30/2010 5:19:59 AM

Jeez, what's the fascination with every sci-fi movie made before 1995? (Just a year I picked out of a hat)  I enjoyed the movie well enough, but it really hasn't aged well, in my opinion.  Mosgza has the right idea here, I think.  It still astounds me that "Total Recall" was based on a Phillip K. Dick story.  Look at "Blade Runner."  Look at "A Scanner Darkly".  Hell, even "Minority Report" was put together better than "Total Recall."  I say if they're looking to do a new version of it and hopefully tone down the camp (the camp was GREAT in "Starship Troopers" though, Mr. Verhoeven!), I'm all for it.

Wiseguy 7/30/2010 6:07:23 AM

Big fan of the original and Arnold but I'm cool with a remake especially if it's a revision. What I hate are the ones that are practically shot for shot remakes.

I imagine this one won't be as cheesy nor as bloody as the awesome original

Hobbs 7/30/2010 6:38:29 AM

It's funny you mention Starship troopers Caveman.  I was just thinking while I was reading this that I would much rather them remake Starship troopers but this time stay true to Robert Heinlein novel.  If they did that Troopers would be one of the greatest sci-fi movies ever made.

As far as Recall...I remember when it came out there were a lot of people disappointed with it and I never read the book but I'm guessing they strayed from it based on Cavemans comments. 

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