Colin Farrell confirmed for Total Recall remake

Producer Neal Moritz reveals some details

Colin Farrell's attachment to the Total Recall remake has been rumoured for some time now, and producer Neal Moritz has finally confirmed the Irish actor is on board.

Talking to Collider, Moritz confirmed: "We're doing the movie with Colin Farrell." He went on to say: "We start shooting May 15th."

Thankfully, this is one project that won't be going multi-dimensional for the sake of it, with Moritz ruling it out: "We're not gonna do Recall in 3D, we decided that it would be too much."

Paul Verhoeven's 1990 Total Recall is an ultraviolent sci-fi classic, but that movie deviated quite far from We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, the Philip K. Dick short story on which it was based.

Moritz claimed the remake would have a different approach: "It's close to the book, the big difference is that 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."

Len Wiseman (Underworld, Die Hard 4.0) is directing the remake, and Moritz is clearly enthused with what he has seen so far: "I think the world that Len Wiseman is creating is incredible."

"It's a real world, a future world, where the cities have just gotten so overcrowded that the cities are just built up, up, up."

"It's just everything I see on the movie, every pre-vis I see on the movie, every conceptual drawing on this movie that I see just makes me more and more excited... it's a movie that I'm just dying to see."

The original adaptation played to Arnie's musclebound strengths, so it'll be interesting to see how the Quaid/Quail character will be portrayed with Farrell in the role.

Farrell has previous experience with Philip K. Dick adaptations, having starred in Minority Report for Steven Spielberg.

The actor has recently finished shooting another cult remake, Fright Night.

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    • MadMatt

      Jan 11th 2011, 13:52

      Neal Moritz - the Happy Shopper Jerry Bruckheimer. Brain-dead, bottom-feeding moron. If he had the intelligence to understand the ambiguity in Verhoeven's film, he'd realise that it is never confirmed whether or not Quaid actually gets to Mars or if it is all a fantasy/delusion, which is a perfectly faithful expansion of the story rather than a deviation from it. There isn't enough plot in the short story to make anything more than a half-hour TV episode; it needs a lot of things added to become a film. Sounds like 'we don't actually go to Mars' translates into 'we're taking everything really literally.' Oh dear.

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    • BruceShark

      Jan 13th 2011, 1:06

      Another remake. Oh the joy. And directed by Wiseman, it just keeps on getting better. Really getting sick and tired of the hollywood remake machine.

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    • BruceShark

      Jan 13th 2011, 1:06

      Another remake. Oh the joy. And directed by Wiseman, it just keeps on getting better. Really getting sick and tired of the hollywood remake machine.

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    • Jrdnsans1792

      Jan 13th 2011, 12:57

      Yet another s****y remake, Cinema is officially dead.

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    • Jrdnsans1792

      Jan 13th 2011, 12:58

      Yet another s****y remake, Cinema is officially dead.

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    • Jrdnsans1792

      Jan 13th 2011, 12:58

      Yet another s****y remake, Cinema is officially dead.

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    • TheEnigma

      Jan 18th 2011, 13:59

      no no no.... Leave classic movies alone...!

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