Maybe I’m getting old. (OK, there’s no “maybe” about it; I’m getting old.) When I heard the recent news that Colin Farrell will be starring in a remake of ‘Total Recall’, my first thought was, “How could they possibly remake that already?” Is 20 years too soon for a remake?
Truth be told, I don’t object to the idea of a new adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s original story ‘We Can Remember It for You Wholesale’, if that’s what this really is to be. I like ‘Total Recall‘ as much as the next sci-fi, action, or Schwarzenegger fan, but the movie had basically nothing at all to do with the story it was allegedly based on. There are some interesting themes and ideas in there that could still make for a good movie. If we remember, David Cronenberg was originally going to direct ‘Total Recall’ the first time, before Schwarzenegger got attached and the studio decided to go a different way entirely.
I just have my doubts that what we’re going to get will really be that different. For one thing, the project is still being called ‘Total Recall’, and the only reason for that is to remind audiences of the Schwarzenegger picture. Len Wiseman (of ‘Live Free or Die Hard‘ and the ‘Underworld‘ franchise) is directing, so there’s clearly no intent to make this an intellectual film. In an interview with Collider, producer Neil Moritz boasts of the production’s scope and complexity.
I think the world that Len Wiseman is creating is incredible. 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 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. We’re playing it like a real world, but there’s all these technological advancements to the real world, and it’s just really, it’s cool. It’s an awesome movie. I’m dying—as a fan of movies, more than anything, it’s a movie that I’m just dying to see.”
While Moritz also claims, “It’s closer to the book, the big difference is we don’t go to space,” I doubt that Philip Dick fans are expecting too much out of this. (I guess this also means that the character won’t be getting his ass to Mars this time.)
But hey, at least it won’t be in 3D.
What’s next for the Hollywood remake factory? Are remakes of ‘Avatar‘ and ‘Inception‘, and a re-remake of ‘True Grit‘ already in the works? After all, if people paid to see these movies the first time, why wait to make them pay all over again?