Total Recall remake may not be a remake
The replacement for Arnold Schwarzenegger has been announced, and it's quite the surprise. Well to be fair it's not actually a replacement for Arnie as this new Total Recall, we're told, is going back to the source and taking things in a slightly different direction.
I'll believe that when I see it. However the news that Colin Farrell is going to be leading the film is indeed a step in a different direction.
According to the producer Neal Moritz, Colin Farrell is indeed taking the lead role, something that we heard back in November was close to happening, and with Len Wiseman directing a script from Kurt Wimmer it does sound like they are trying something different to that Total Recall film we all remember.
He revealed the final decision for the casting during an interview with Collider through Latino Review and while the news that Colin Farrell is taking the lead of the Total Recall remake may not be enough for you the big shocking news is that this film, coming out of Hollywood, is not in 3D!
Heaven forbid. Surely everyone involved will be ostracised and forcibly kicked out of town?
Thankfully, not everyone has gone 3D mad.
Moritz also has something to say about the fact that they are returning to the original story from Philip K. Dick called We Can Remember It for You Wholesale and how they are changing things from the first film:
"It's a real world, a real future world, where the cities have just gotten so overcrowded that the cities are just built up, up, up, up...It's closer to the book, the big difference is we don't go to space...
...instead of it being a spaceship that takes us to another planet, there's something that takes us from one side of the planet to another that's really interesting."
Surely that's the chair from the film and the book? Indeed back in April we heard that that the film would focus more on the idea of the implanting of memories in the mind rather than on the mission to Mars, fake or real, more on the chair and the company.
That was before Wimmer wrote the script, but it sounds like that's where the concentration is lying, in that chair and on the home planet, not racing off to other worlds.
It does sound interesting, but will they manage to make something more akin to a Philip K. Dick story? Wiseman and Wimmer might suggest not.