Total Recall remake gears up

Hauser will get his ass back to Mars…

Hollywood has been threatening for ages to sequelise or remake Total Recall, and now producer Neal Moritz is making it happen for Sony.

Yes, Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 actioner is getting the reboot treatment, with Moritz and co hoping that a new version of the film can wipe our brains and make us appreciate it with fresh, bulging, oxygen-starved eyes.

For the three of you who’ve never heard of the Arnold Schwarzenegger-starring original, the Austrian Oak plays Douglas Quaid, construction worker haunted by dreams of a trip to Mars.

He visits a company called Rekall Inc, which implants memories of a Martian holiday, but complications lead to him starting to believe he’s a secret agent fighting to help overthrow the despotic ruler of a colony on the planet.

Turns out he’s not dreaming it all up! Sort of… It’s based on Philip K Dick’s story We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, which plays with the notion of memory and delusion, but which was adapted into a typically OTT Verhoeven action movie.

Still, it’s a hell of a lot of fun and any new version will have to seriously compete. Moritz told The Hollywood Reporter that he hopes advancements in effects technology can breathe new life into the story.

Yeah, that’s comforting. But if they can hire Verhoeven to channel his '80s/'90s self... we'd watch.

[Source: THR]

A new Total Recall… Ready to embrace it? Or do you hate the whole idea?

Comments

    • punchdrunklove

      Feb 26th 2009, 12:21

      yesterday u made my day with the news of michel gondry and the green hornet and today you have silenced me with sadness at this horrid horrid news.

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    • AYBGerrardo

      Feb 26th 2009, 12:54

      Total Recall still holds up perfectly. Another pointless remake.

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    • sutty

      Feb 26th 2009, 15:00

      I agree with punchdrunklove! this just shouldnt happen, i cant believe anyone could think this was a good idea! and anyway how could you have total recall without arnie pulling a massive transmitter through his nose..

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    • sutty

      Feb 26th 2009, 15:00

      I agree with punchdrunklove! this just shouldnt happen, i cant believe anyone could think this was a good idea! and anyway how could you have total recall without arnie pulling a massive transmitter through his nose..

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    • mattburgess

      Feb 26th 2009, 16:35

      I'd like to see this. But then I'd also love to see a remake of Star Wars, just to see how else it could be done (and because films 1 - 4 aren't very good). Regardless, it's can just be good to see a different perspective on good material. Why go around remaking c**p movies? They didn't work first time.

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    • ashley.russell

      Feb 26th 2009, 22:29

      the original was a great film but if you compare it with other Philip K Dick adaptations like Minority Report then it could have been a lot better. I think it could possibly good and if not, can always just watch the original instead

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    • alllewel

      Feb 27th 2009, 4:27

      what on earth justifies remaking a modern classic that isn't even 20 years old??? This is utterly ridiculous and really there should be a law forbidding such things.

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    • ELLC21

      Feb 28th 2009, 20:58

      Im a fan of remakes when their done right, i.e The Fly or The Hulk but Total Recall is a sci fi classic snd a remake is totally unessceary. Yes the Rob Bottin pupet effects could be improved but you won't find a better director than Verhoven. just try a sequeal and see how it goes and leave Arnie classics well alone.

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    • finchy9

      Mar 1st 2009, 14:18

      Consider dat a divorce!

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    • QUAID6788

      Jul 13th 2009, 16:04

      no one can make this film any better and besides it wont have arnie in it.

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