Treasure Trove of Details Revealed for Total Recall Remake

Treasure Trove of Details Revealed for Total Recall Remake

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It's a new setting, new twists and a new leading man for the classic Arnold Schwarzenegger movie.

Producer Neal Moritz, who has previously worked on movies like xXx and The Fast and the Furious has spilled a pretty sizable quantity of beans about the upcoming Total Recall remake, including who is replacing Arnie.

Colin Farrel will play the part that Schwarzenegger played more than twenty years ago, that of Douglas Quaid, a man who is led to believe that he is nothing more than an average Joe. In the original movie, which is very loosely based on the Phillip K. Dick novella, We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, Quaid is a construction worker who dreamed of going to Mars.

Unable to afford the actual trip, he visits a company called "Rekall," which offers the next best thing: the memories of a tailor-made trip to the red planet. Unfortunately, the memory implantation procedure reveals that Quaid already has a ton of fake memories in his head, and that he is actually a secret agent called Hauser. This revelation leads him to Mars, and thrusts him into the middle of a conflict that has lasting repercussions for the whole planet.

The remake eschews the original movie's planet hopping however, staying closer to the book, and thus remaining on planet Earth. Moritz said that director Len Wiseman, whose previous work includes Underworld and Live Free or Die Hard, was building a very real world for the movie, one where overcrowded cities just kept building higher and higher. Moritz said that it wasn't as straightforward as just staying on Terra Firma though, and while he didn't elaborate on what that meant, it's not much of a stretch to imagine dreamscapes or mental landscapes making an appearance.

The production starts filming in May, and Moritz said that Sony is aiming to make this a big movie. It won't be appearing in 3D, however, as Moritz believes it would be "too much" for audiences. "I think for certain movies [3D is] great," he said. "And other movies it's just not right."

Source: Collider

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Would "Cash In" be unfair?

This is gonna suck so hard...

Horrible 80's tech made this movie great!

I hated Die Hard 4.0 with a passion, so I wasn't thrilled about that news.

Also about the "We're not doing it in 3d"... Watch it become 3d converted a few months before release. This could be another attempt for producers to do the whole "I'm up with what people like and one of you" acts that is common in the industry.

Total Recall is a terrific movie and PKD is a terrific writer, enough said.

The premise sounds promising. The director is a definite toss-up. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Cookies for not wanting to make this movie in 3D, and I hope it stays that way. 3D has been WAY overhyped in my opinion. Having seen multiple 3D films, I have yet to see one that really made me feel spending more money to see it in "3D" was worth it as it adding something to my experience seeing the film.

I'm interested in the fact that they want to stay closer to the short story but I still wonder why this is being made.

Oh man - if they're going to make a video game for this, Seanbaby needs to have exclusive rights to be the first reviewer.

Great ideas here and I think Colin Farrell will likely fit better as the secret agent who doesn't know he's a secret agent than Arnold did. I'm quite looking forward to how this turns out.

Con Carne:
The premise sounds promising. The director is a definite toss-up. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Same here.

Hopefully it'll be at least okay.

Eh, the original was good, but it will be interesting to see the differences between the original '80s action flick and a modern incarnation of the same base plot.

That's... a terrible idea. What we have here is a version of Total Recall with no Mars, no Schwarzenegger, no Cuato, and no chick with three tits (I presume that the lack of Mars also means the lack of mutants.) Why would you remake a movie with the intention of removing everything that made the movie good. I bet all the neat practical effects will be replaced with CGI too.

As long as it has a chick with three boobs, all will be good.

StriderShinryu:
Great ideas here and I think Colin Farrell will likely fit better as the secret agent who doesn't know he's a secret agent than Arnold did. I'm quite looking forward to how this turns out.

except the beauty of totall recall is that you don't know waht the plot actually is, it never fully commits: it could be all a dream, it could be that quaid is a brainwiped secret agent, it could be the paranoid delusion as a result of the holiday memory going wrong...

This remake is a waste of fucking time, just like colin farrell.

Well... it sounds like its gonna be a very different film... no mars for one...

But if you ask me, thats a good thing. If you really wanna see Total Recall on mars, just watch the original again. Dreamscapes/mental landscapes does sound very intriguing though (and a good use for 3D if you ask me). I never read the book so I won't know how the plot will be different, but if its as good and as nicely confusing as the original movie, i'll be pleased.

Oh, and they better put in a 3 titted woman... even if it is an hallucination or something.

who has previously worked on movies like xXx and The Fast and the Furious

With pedigree like this, a garbage flick is practically a certainty! Woo hoo!

PixelKing:
Would "Cash In" be unfair?

Well if we are going to say that ALL movies, shows, albums, products and services are a "Cash In". The better description would be "Shitty Cash In".

Spacefly:
Well... it sounds like its gonna be a very different film... no mars for one...

But if you ask me, thats a good thing. If you really wanna see Total Recall on mars, just watch the original again. Dreamscapes/mental landscapes does sound very intriguing though (and a good use for 3D if you ask me). I never read the book so I won't know how the plot will be different, but if its as good and as nicely confusing as the original movie, i'll be pleased.

Oh, and they better put in a 3 titted woman... even if it is an hallucination or something.

No three-titted women if they want to avoid an R rating (or whatever it is they use in america).

Iron Lightning:
That's... a terrible idea. What we have here is a version of Total Recall with no Mars, no Schwarzenegger, no Cuato, and no chick with three tits (I presume that the lack of Mars also means the lack of mutants.) Why would you remake a movie with the intention of removing everything that made the movie good. I bet all the neat practical effects will be replaced with CGI too.

I would direct you to The Wickerman but no one should ever actually watch that shit.

I wouldn't count on this being a critical success.

Part of what made the original film was the ham & cheese acting, and I, for one, loved it. Also, I don't think I can picture a Total Recall film without either Arnie or a briefcase spouting "Get your ass to mars" on a loop for around two minutes.

Oh and johnny cabs. Gotta have those. Aaaaand Benny. After all, he's got five four kids to feed.

I'll laugh so hard if the film from the 80's is still considered amazing after this comes out.

Isn't Kurt Wimmer slated to be the writer? If so, I'm definitely game.

I dont think that this will be any good. Colin Ferral is a terrible actor and The Fast and the Furious and xXx were terrible movies. The only thing that will make me want to see this film is if the gunshot effects look like someone is really being shot like in the perfect original.

Daystar Clarion:
This is gonna suck so hard...

Horrible 80's tech made this movie great!

Except that it came out in the 90's and was awesome! Still is. I'm betting the new version will be more close to the story it is based on. It shall be pretty cool I think.

I wonder if they'll include the ridiculous sub-plot that he may have singlehandedly stopped an alien invasion as a little kid.

The original was perfection, it cannot be remade.

Ronnie Cox, Michael Ironside, and Arnold are irreplaceable. So many cultural memes came out of that movie; quato, three boobed chick, "two weeks!", the skeleton scanner, johnny cab, etc etc etc.

They need to stop giving Arnold's parts away to skinny dudes. Adrian Brody just didn't work in Predators but there were a lot of things wrong with that movie other than him. Pretty much the only person ripped enough to take up Arnold's mantle is Michael Jai White.

strangeotron:

StriderShinryu:
Great ideas here and I think Colin Farrell will likely fit better as the secret agent who doesn't know he's a secret agent than Arnold did. I'm quite looking forward to how this turns out.

except the beauty of totall recall is that you don't know waht the plot actually is, it never fully commits: it could be all a dream, it could be that quaid is a brainwiped secret agent, it could be the paranoid delusion as a result of the holiday memory going wrong...

This remake is a waste of fucking time, just like colin farrell.

I see and... wait, this changes things how exactly? Waste of time? Possibly, but I'd prefer to see the final result before I make that call, but none of the information given so far says anything about how the story will be framed or translated. In fact, as it's said to skew more towards the original short story than the Arnold movie I'd say the chances of mind jobbery are even higher in the remake.

Well, this guys a cock.

manythings:

No three-titted women if they want to avoid an R rating (or whatever it is they use in america).

They could put her in a bikini or something... I dunno, but the current generation of Hollywood's obsession with making things R-rated (or child friendly or whatever) is kinda annoying alright. Total Recall probably isn't the kind of film that would translate well to a child friendly flick. But then then again, they tried that with the forth Die Hard film...

And look who is directing this...
I have just lost some faith in this remake...

Collin Farrel...

meh, i dont really care for his work, and this movie seems a little bit weird, remaking an adaptation of a book, taking more material from the book than the remake!?

heh, who knows maybe this will be a good popcorn movie, but i doubt it will change the whole "Movie" concept

and perhaps people will realize 3D is not needed to make a movie, althought this one might be a bad example its the first one since this 3D craze began (imo)

Am I the only one who is kind of annoyed that they are calling this a remake but changing the entire plot? Its not like Mars was a small detail in the original. I love Philip K. Dick's work and have no problem with them making another movie based on that story that is more close to the writing, but the fact of the matter is the original Total Recall was more 'inspired by' than 'based on' We Can Remember It For You Wholesale. A remake implies they are recreating the movie rather than just taking an idea from the same source and doing something entirely different with it.

StriderShinryu:

strangeotron:

StriderShinryu:
Great ideas here and I think Colin Farrell will likely fit better as the secret agent who doesn't know he's a secret agent than Arnold did. I'm quite looking forward to how this turns out.

except the beauty of totall recall is that you don't know waht the plot actually is, it never fully commits: it could be all a dream, it could be that quaid is a brainwiped secret agent, it could be the paranoid delusion as a result of the holiday memory going wrong...

This remake is a waste of fucking time, just like colin farrell.

I see and... wait, this changes things how exactly? Waste of time? Possibly, but I'd prefer to see the final result before I make that call, but none of the information given so far says anything about how the story will be framed or translated. In fact, as it's said to skew more towards the original short story than the Arnold movie I'd say the chances of mind jobbery are even higher in the remake.

It doesn't change anything. I don't have the power to change the stupid decision to remake this movie. If i did, believe me this discussion would be pointless.

thiosk:

who has previously worked on movies like xXx and The Fast and the Furious

With pedigree like this, a garbage flick is practically a certainty! Woo hoo!

That was my first thought... both of those movies were horrible. Maybe since he's only producing he won't screw it up too badly, like if he was directing. The story could be interesting done differently and more true to the book... more like Inception and less like, well, every 80's Arnie movie.

I say bring it on. If it deviates enough from the first one to become its own film than I'm sure it'll be fine. It doesn't have to compete with the first one, if it's in another league.

Dirty Apple:
I say bring it on. If it deviates enough from the first one to become its own film than I'm sure it'll be fine. It doesn't have to compete with the first one, if it's in another league.

Monshroud:
Cookies for not wanting to make this movie in 3D, and I hope it stays that way. 3D has been WAY overhyped in my opinion. Having seen multiple 3D films, I have yet to see one that really made me feel spending more money to see it in "3D" was worth it as it adding something to my experience seeing the film.

These sum up my thoughts exactly.

if they have Michael Ironsides still (somehow) then I am sold, the Sam Fisher voice sells everything!

 

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