Thursday, February 26, 2009

Total Recall Is Totally Getting Remade

Neal H. Moritz and his Original Films banner are in final negotiations to develop and produce for Columbia a contemporary version of "Total Recall," the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi action movie directed by Paul Verhoeven.

The original, based on the Philip K. Dick story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale," follows 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 explores one of Dick's favorite topics, reality vs. delusion, as audiences never knew whether or not the story was a dream. Either way, the movie grossed a very real $261 million worldwide.

Carolco was behind the original movie, which was distributed by TriStar. Dimension picked up the rights for a reported $3.15 million with the aim of developing a sequel. Columbia secured the rights from Miramax, which retained them when Harvey and Bob Weinstein left to start their own company.

Calling Dick's story "prescient," Moritz said he hoped the advancements in technology and state-of-the-art visual effects can help tell the "Recall" story in a fresh way.

Whats strange is that I was thinking about a Total Recall remake a couple of days ago. I was thinking of how cool a remake would look if if were to get remade and how much closer to the source the story would stay. I really don't know what to think of this right now. Man has Hollywood sure ran out of ideas. I mean remake after remake is starting to get really old and before you know it, their going to be remaking a classic like Casablanca.


micky said...

aww hell no. they better not fuck this one up

CruizD said...


though i suppose if it sticks closer to the book then it aint half bad, but... no!

Fletch said...

As much as I love the original, I'm on board for this, if only because it's an interesting story that takes place far into the future. With today's technology, the right filmmaker could make an awesome flick.

Farzan said...

The right filmmaker could make the best use of this great story, but Im going to miss the cheesy lines and cast of the original