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Colin Farrell is playing Arnold Schwarzeneggar in Len Wiseman's TOTAL RECALL remake

UPDATE:  expect battlebots


Hey folks, Harry here...   This, this remake makes me six shades of nervous.   First off, it is to be directed by Len Wiseman, who - other than being wed to a gobsmackingly awesome woman, has failed to impress me cinematically thus far.   I'm not a fan of either of his UNDERWORLD cg fests.   Nor was I a fan of his PG-13 LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, which again...  had all the weight of Zero G.    That said, I tend to have an incredible soft spot for Neal Moritz's films, they tend to have a frenzy and nutsyness that I appreciate...  but none of that has appoached the wicked awesome contained in just about any pure unadulterated Verhoeven.

Now - our friend Frosty Skywalker over at Collider sat down with Neil, who told him, COLIN FARRELL is the Lead.  I literally can't imagine TOTAL RECALL without Arnie or the Jerry Goldsmith or the awesome practical lunacy.   Of course - who knows - maybe they'll cast the former Governor as COHAAGEN - as it is, I'm there in the hopes that Kurt Wimmer's script will carry the film...  though I have to admit, I'd be more confident in this film if Wimmer were helming.  Anyway - Frosty has more details over there, so check it out.  If you're interested.   

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  • Jan. 9, 2011, 10:55 p.m. CST

    so what do you guys think?


    I chime in on Collider's TOTAL RECALL remake story...

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 10:57 p.m. CST

    This is just blasphemy.

    by Brick_Walker

    Why re-make something that is perfect?

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 10:59 p.m. CST


    by BackRiverCatfish

    TR is a perfect movie for what it is!

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Basil Poledouris?

    by davros72

    You mean the score by Jerry Goldsmith, Harry?

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 11:04 p.m. CST

    I am not offended by this

    by caruso-stalker217

    TOTAL RECALL is one of my favorite films and I've watched it since I was dick-high. I am not a fan of Wiseman or Wimmer and I doubt this film will have the wit, the tits or the sheer fucking awesomeness of the original. Having said that, I wish the filmmakers the best. I like Colin Farrell and I'm sure he'll turn in a good performance. I am neither for or against this project. Hopefully the end product will be entertaining and not a complete bag of shit.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 11:04 p.m. CST


    by D o o d

    this is just so messed up. I bet it's in 3D too!

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 11:04 p.m. CST

    This has got shit sandwich written all over it

    by AnalFissure

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 11:04 p.m. CST

    Harry, Jerry Goldsmith did the score...

    by Fah-Cue

    Get your head out of the fridge. Basil couldn't wipe Jerry's ass with his baton. You should hand in your geek badge for that mistake. It's like saying Danny Elfman did the score to "Superman: The Movie".

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 11:05 p.m. CST

    Thought this was pretty much confirmed for a bit now...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Regardless, this will prove to be a giant creative disaster. What a huge fuck-up in the making. On the other hand, that is some unusual casting, and at least it's in a direction I'd never have considered. On the other hand, Total Recall is magically awesome, flaws and all. I'd prefer Colin in the Clark Gable role, doing a "Gone With The Wind" remake. On the other hand, did we expect any less from today's Hollywood? Looking forward to the inevitable "Red Heat" remake with Will Smith and Kevin James...

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 11:06 p.m. CST

    gwet ur assh ta mars

    by ORIONgods

    let me guess it be pg13

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 11:07 p.m. CST

    i wasnt really blown away by "Total Recall"

    by nolan bautista

    ..maybe i was just expecting a another "Robo-Cop" from Verhoven which was a pitch perfect in terms of tone and delivery...i liked what Wiseman did w/ the new Die Hard.. i could see him and Colin Farrel do something interesting here

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Minority Report

    by JohnnyLaBamba

    They wrote Total Recall 2 using Minority Report as the story line, since both were books by Phillip K. Dick. Colin Farrell was in Minority Report (as another character), so maybe that was behind some of the thought process here.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Minority Report

    by JohnnyLaBamba

    They wrote Total Recall 2 using Minority Report as the story line, since both were books by Phillip K. Dick. Colin Farrell was in Minority Report (as another character), so maybe that was behind some of the thought process here.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 11:10 p.m. CST

    eww len weisman

    by HadWoodenTeethChasedMobyDick

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Why mess with the original?

    by BlackBriar

    Another 80's classic going for a remake! On a lighter note..Does anyone think they'll bring back the hooker with three Tits?

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 11:10 p.m. CST

    That Wiseman cunt

    by Brick_Walker

    better cast his hot missus as Malina. That is the only thing they can do to better the original. Or maybe give a bitch FOUR titties!

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 11:13 p.m. CST

    I'll be the first to say...

    by Teddy Artery

    TOO SOON! What the heck are they thinking. This cannot be a good idea in anyone's book.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 11:13 p.m. CST

    I can't buy Collin Farell as the everyman,

    by HadWoodenTeethChasedMobyDick

    I mean Arnold was a stretch too, but at least he was more eager and less laid back.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 11:20 p.m. CST

    "Basil couldn't wipe Jerry's ass with his baton"

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    What?! Poledouris was a SUPERB composer who had the rare gift to write both balls-to-the-wall action cues *and* achingly romatic melodies, often within the same score (Conan, Flesh + Blood, Robocop, Starship Troopers). Both Poledouris and Goldsmith did some of their best work for Verhoeven's films, and it's a shame they're both gone (watching Verhoeven's Balck Book seemed...incomplete somehow without either man providing the music. Anne Dudley's score was "okay", but Poledouris or Goldsmith would have knocked that film out of the park).

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 11:22 p.m. CST

    BLACK Book

    by Nasty In The Pasty


  • Jan. 9, 2011, 11:25 p.m. CST

    And it's SchwarzeneggER

    by Nasty In The Pasty


  • Jan. 9, 2011, 11:25 p.m. CST

    if they were making it closer to the original story

    by john

    then i would be ok with it...but then farrell is miscast

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Verhoeven is one Bat Shit Crazy Director...

    by BlackBriar

    The man is a genius, All his films have insane amounts of violence and sex, Hopefully they don't put a PG-13 rating on this.

  • Arnold should have passed a No Remaking My Damn Movies, bill.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 11:32 p.m. CST

    TOTAL RECALL wasn't an original anything, you fucking cavemen

    by ROBRAM89

    Crack a book.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 11:34 p.m. CST

    as long as they don't touch...

    by dockealy

    Starship Troopers. I mean that is pure B movie awesomeness, that flick.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 11:37 p.m. CST


    by juice willis

    I say again...turds.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 11:38 p.m. CST

    While I hate remakes...

    by Ken Shaw

    ...I agree with restyles. Go back to the source material by Philip K. Dick and find a new hook there. Don't try to retool Verhoeven. If I remember correctly the original character was more of a bookish man rather than a musclebound superspy. I think the Underworld films are Underwhelming as well Harry, totally agree. It's unfortunate the thought here is to remake Total Recall rather than mine Dick's other works.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 11:46 p.m. CST

    After the mess of Ultraviolet?

    by Ladonite

    I wouldn't want Wimmer helming.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Harry stop naming who did the music for movies

    by Tacom

    You always get it wrong.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 11:47 p.m. CST

    Farrell seemed to be making such smart choices

    by Bass Ackwards

    In addition to In Bruges he'd done films with Woody Allen, Terry Gilliam, Peter Weir, and the directorial debut of William Monahan. Maybe he's frustrated with how under seen his flicks of late have been, as his 2011 film slate has him doing Fright Night remake and a Jennifer Aniston comedy, and now he's signed up for another remake, directed by the, at best, average Len Wiseman and written by Kurt Wimmer. Though to be fair, when I look at Wimmer's filmography I realize the only movie written by him that I've actually seen is The Thomas Crown Affair, and I enjoyed that flick.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 11:51 p.m. CST

    Well at least its not a Hawaiian Super Model

    by Saen

    Taking over Arnie's role, like in that abortion of a Conan movie they are doing.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 11:52 p.m. CST

    get y'ass to Mars, ye fooker

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 11:53 p.m. CST

    mine was a remake of Orion's comment

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    too soon?

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Neal and Neil

    by vulturess

    before Zod.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, midnight CST

    I like it!

    by BeeRock

    TR was a crappy movie born of an interesting concept. I think that makes a perfect recipe for a remake. Could actually be good without all the camp from the original and Quatto.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 12:03 a.m. CST

    If you're gonna do it, give it back to Cronenberg

    by abcdefz7

    MAN, I'd still love to know what his version would've been. He sounds pretty heartbroken in interviews when he's discussed it, but it would've been fascinating to get his version now.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 12:10 a.m. CST

    I liked Underworld and Live Free

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Get yer ass to fookin' Dublin, ye coont!

    by MaxCalifornia.

    This'll be awesome if Colin plays it In Bruges style.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 12:12 a.m. CST

    I gots five fookin' kids to feed!

    by MaxCalifornia.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 12:12 a.m. CST

    Consider this shite a fookin' divorce, eh?

    by MaxCalifornia.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 12:12 a.m. CST

    Peter Yates, R.I.P.

    by Julius Dithers

    The director of Bullitt has been called home by God, that is, Steve McQueen.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 12:19 a.m. CST

    Is there still a midget hooker w/ a machine gun?

    by Ben Addiction

    There are artistic standards to uphold.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 12:24 a.m. CST

    This has steaming pile written all over it

    by empyreal0

    Could they honestly pack any more fail into this?

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 12:29 a.m. CST

    Analfissure, you beat me to it

    by empyreal0

    I really despise this director. Underworld was bad, the sequel was terrible. Colin Farrell is okay, but nothing special as an actor, and MILES different from Arnie. I'm not sure how you can redo Total Recall and make it work, since the greatness of that film was so married to Verhoven's bizarre violent satirical style. That movie WAS Verhoven.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 12:50 a.m. CST


    by Scalvador

    I have Cronenbergs script for Total Recall - you can probably find it online if you know where to look.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 12:53 a.m. CST

    Farrell good, Wiseman bad

    by MattmanReturns

    Replace the director with someone more interesting and you might have something here... but as it stands, I sense mediocrity.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 12:54 a.m. CST

    total recall..

    by The_Cliffster

    .. has some dated dodgy fx and some wobbly sets but is still great...... why must they keep remaking perfectly good movies... more often than not, the remakes are vastly inferior....

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 12:56 a.m. CST


    by ivehadsex

    I'm giving you one more chance. I can see this working and allegedly he plans to put on 40 pounds or something crazy like that.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 1:01 a.m. CST

    Bruce Beresford's Version Could'a Been a Contenda!

    by Sherlock Holmes II

    They were building the sets in Northern Australia back in '87 when DeLaurentis went Bankrupt. Swayze in the lead. I'm confident Beresford could've made it a classy spectacle, ala Bladerunner, if that's where it was headed?

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 1:03 a.m. CST

    that sound

    by redkamel

    it was a bullet in my head. Fuck these remakes, just release the original again. They're better than the remakes and already made.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 1:19 a.m. CST


    by Goodplacetoshoveit

    I read this like three days ago over at AICN is shit now. Time to shut the site down and get a real fucking job!

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 1:20 a.m. CST

    After shitting on Die Hard, why not?

    by Flip63Hole

    This hack may create quite a legacy for himself...

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 1:26 a.m. CST


    by ImMorganFreeman

    I know you get excited about things and tend to miss the details like that, but c'mon man. PS - Torque OWNS!

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 1:27 a.m. CST

    So they're remaking it with an actual actor?

    by Lone Fox

    I mean, I'm no fan of Farrell's particularly, but come on. Schwarzenegger's embarassing to watch in anything that requires genuine line delivery.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 1:27 a.m. CST

    First Conan, now this!?? What the fucking shit fuck

    by LowDevil

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 1:28 a.m. CST

    I am so at a loss....

    by Almega

    Of all of the things that people are trying to remake... does TR really need it? I'm so confused. What was wrong with the first one? It is what it is! Sure... it wasn't spectacular. I remember it being quite controversial when it came out, even. But a REMAKE?! FFS lets reboot Robocop or something (oh wait... Syfy already screwed that one over). Or maybe Dune (oops... someone is about to screw that up again too.... ). Well... IDK.... Willow? That seems to be in the same category as TR. Anyway, I'm rambling. DON'T TRY TO REMAKE CULT CLASSICS!!!!! (Yes, I realize that TR isn't exactly "cult" like Blade Runner and Dune... but it is pretty close. It was a fun film.)

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Wiseman is

    by Cujo_Fugate

    a brutal bash of mediocrity and with his magic stick will turn another wonderful name in cinema into a steaming pile of shit.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 1:32 a.m. CST

    It really doesn't need to be re-made...

    by sonnyfern

    The first one still rocks in a billion different ways. I wouldn't mind a different take on the original story though. That might be interesting.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 1:34 a.m. CST


    by MagicJesus

    was a fucking man in the original... cast Chloe Moretz (she's 18 right?)

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 1:41 a.m. CST

    Seems really unnecessary

    by _Venkman

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 1:51 a.m. CST

    Don't give it to Len

    by tomimt

    Personally I didn't hate hate DH4. Sure, it wasn't as good as the previous three, but it was entertaining in some level. Though it did get increasingly idiotic towards the end. But, solely based on DH4 as I haven't seen anything else Wiseman has done, I wouldn't give him something like Total Recall. As much as it is an ultraviolent action movie, it is also a satire. If you take the satire out of it, which is something I believe will happen, you are left with nothing. This will be Terminator: Salvation all over again.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 1:52 a.m. CST

    not 'new' news

    by justmyluck

    Read about this weeks ago in an entertainment handout under the heading "Farrel lands on Mars" (eep). My reaction then, as now, is that TOTAL RECALL doesn't need a remake, as Verhoeven's is one of the closet things to a Phillip K Dick read...pulpy and a mind-tease. I'm assuming Sony are simply re-making the movie, not re-adapting WE CAN REMEMBER IT FOR YOU WHOLESALE (they'd get points for that). I suppose the screen rights weren't to pricy either, considering Carolco's demise.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 2:13 a.m. CST



    Hopes are not to hih for this one, the real question though Harry is how you think the Thor movie will compare to the original script you read and loved oh so much, I can't get past the puny frost giants.

  • Nowadays your lucky to come across a flick with more than one.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 2:31 a.m. CST

    This will suck hard.

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Len Wiseman + Neil H. Moritz = watered down PG-13 teen movies. This won't work for TOTAL RECALL, no matter how far they try to push the limits of the PG-13 rating.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 2:32 a.m. CST

    How depressing

    by bohdi71

    Remakes, reimaginings, comic book movies, sequals, book adaptations.....are there any original scripts out there??? I know that known brands sell movies but didnt they learn from Inception that original movies work?

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 2:37 a.m. CST

    they may as well remake MARY POPPINS

    by mynamesdan

    with keira knightley and john barrowman

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 2:41 a.m. CST

    David Cronenberg attempted it first

    by HarryBlackPotter

    But the studio and producers wanted it more 'action' and less cerebral. Cronenberg wanted to make it more like Philip K Dick, but the company saw it purely in commercial terms and so parted company with Cronenberg which was a real shame. But having said that, I still liked some of what Verhoven did, but it could have been much much better than a fun & violent B-movie.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 2:50 a.m. CST

    As much as I can't stand Farrell, the major problem is "Wise"man...

    by JackPumpkinhead

    Though, speaking of Farrell, is there anyone left who actually still wants to watch him? The 15-year olds who found his stupidity "rebellious" are past 20 now, and the moms are into Twilight.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 2:54 a.m. CST

    Oh, and "Inception" was a remake of "Dreamscape"

    by JackPumpkinhead

    By which I mean *ripoff*.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 3:01 a.m. CST

    two weeeeeksssss.....

    by VonThunderballs

    is all the time he will take to shoot this movie.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 3:05 a.m. CST


    by JustUsNerdsHere

    ...really don't need this one, especially from Len Wiseman...the old one is perfectly fine. Stop with the remakes already...

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 3:12 a.m. CST

    Inception and Dreamscape don't resemble each other.

    by bubcus

    I'm not thrilled about the idea of remaking Total Recall. I liked it the way it was. On another note, the director of Krull just passed away and that's a movie I'd like to see fixed up. I don't mean remake, but just fixed up (tweaks to special effects, remaster the sound, maybe re-score the soundtrack... same tune, just more epic?)

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 3:36 a.m. CST

    Hollywood is in sharp decline

    by PorkChopXpress

    I can't believe the sheer volume of remake projects that are being greenlit (or have already hit screens) in recent years, and it's only getting worse. There is no reason to remake this...none. Remake some shitty movies that had a seed of a good idea, but were badly executed. Don't remake classic movies that people already remember fondly.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 3:43 a.m. CST

    And re: Inception/Dreamscape

    by PorkChopXpress

    Bullshit. There's an idea there that is extrapolated and given a lot more depth in Inception...but it's by no means a "ripoff" of Dreamscape. Stopping a dream assassin from killing the president in his sleep is not nearly the same thing as the concept of planting an idea in someone's mind in such a way that they believe they came up with it themselves, or the notion that someone can become addicted to the dream state to the point that IT becomes their reality, or the need to ensure that the reality you're currently experiencing is, in fact REAL and not a dream...none of which was even hinted at by Dreamscape's fairly straightforward plot. I'll give you credit for actually having seen Dreamscape, if you did more than just see someone else mention it and then read the Wikipedia entry...but the two movies are connected only by the concept of entering someone else's dreams. That's it.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 4:03 a.m. CST

    see you at the party richter

    by 10111972

    No Verhoeven, no party...

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 4:10 a.m. CST

    Len Wiseman couldn't even direct traffic.

    by Mark

    He is a fully paid up, lifelong member of The Hack Pack. <p> Talking of Poledouris, was watching Hunt For Red October last night and that's another top-flight action score from him.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 4:14 a.m. CST

    so Inception is in fact a rip off of Dark City?

    by jack black


  • Jan. 10, 2011, 4:17 a.m. CST

    Schwarzenegger couldn't act. Farrell can't act. But this can't work.

    by veteran_of_mu

    I'd watch Arnie play Arnie any day of the week. But watching Farrell play Farrell is something else. The guy kills every film he touches. He even poisoned the Imaginarium. I mean he just plain sucks the pus out of dead seagulls. Yuck.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 4:18 a.m. CST

    "UPDATE: expect battlebots"

    by Bass Ackwards

    I'm guessing that was the pitch. "I want to remake Total Recall." "There doesn't seem to be much point in that?" "What if I add some big ass robots?" "Done!"

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 4:50 a.m. CST

    Total Recall remake not required......

    by daglesj it wasnt that great a movie in the first place. The effects work makes it look 10 years older than it really is. So I guess all the great movies have been remade so Hollywood are now going through the "Fair to Average" script pile. I look forward to the $200 million "Dude Where's My Car?" remake in 10 years time.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 4:59 a.m. CST

    For a moment there...

    by UltimaRex

    I thought I saw Will Ferrell not Colin Farrell. I don't know if I should be relived or not...

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 5:01 a.m. CST

    Total Recall remake.........

    by rguerr2

    I liked the original one but it would be more interesting if they follow Philip K. Disk's original short story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale".

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 5:11 a.m. CST


    by Samplelord

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 5:15 a.m. CST

    Total Recall did basically follow the original story

    by Bass Ackwards

    But the story just mentions the subplots, the movie took advantage of the secret agent subplot to play around with some fun action and take us to Mars, and of course they opted for a different big reveal then the short story. A more loyal adaptation wouldn't really bring anything more interesting to the table, except a flashback involving tiny aliens and a movie that's about 30 minutes long.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 5:17 a.m. CST

    Why the fuss...?

    by Samplelord

    I read the story long before I saw the movie version of Total Recall....and when I saw the Arnie flick, wel, it sucks compared to the original story. The action and violence were top notch but it's another Arnie flick with no surprises Love Verhoeven, but he did nothing with the story, Cronnenberg was attached to the project but left cuz they wanted an action movie instead of a Blade Runner like movie...what a waste. This new one will be worse, like the Robocop sequels, you can't beat Verhoeven...his madness is unique... My bet is this will be more like Paycheck2(zing!)....

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 5:18 a.m. CST

    MAKE IT STOP!!!!

    by DarthScotland

    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!! Did i mention NO!!!!!<p> Total recall is a work of genius, even done well this wont be as good, make the bad men stop, STOP REMAKING EVERYTHING, JUST STOP IT!!!! This story makes me sad.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 5:26 a.m. CST

    RIP Peter Yates

    by palimpsest

    The director of Bullitt....

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 6 a.m. CST

    Basil Poledouris

    by baronweazle

    was one of the greats, certainly when working with arnie(conan) or verhoeven(starship troopers) but the late great Jerry Goldsmith scored Total Rekall.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 6:07 a.m. CST

    Minority Report was going to be Total Recall 2

    by HarryBlackPotter

    The 3 psychics were the mutant psychics from Mars Arnie would have brought back with him. He is in charge of the Pre-Crime department and well, generally went around being Arnie...or was that Howzer...or was that Quaid!!!!!!!

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 6:09 a.m. CST

    Fuck ANYONE who says Verhoven's version is not great

    by quantize

    hand in yer fuckin geek card you whiny cunts.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 6:12 a.m. CST


    by HarryBlackPotter

    Jeez, just thought about that one and you're so damn right. Arnie movies (even the bad ones) had THE GREATEST quotable lines. Get to dah Choppah!!! I'll be back!!! See you at the party, Richter!!! etc, etc.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 6:43 a.m. CST

    get ready for a surprise!

    by jpt

    Eh, I'm not a fan of remakes...HOWEVER, if they take a fresh look at the material and put their own spin on it, and the movie is actually good, the acting good, blah-blah-blah, then I hope it succeeds. That being said, Len Wiseman is not an interesting choice for director since he really hasn't shown you anything special. I thought Live Free, Die Hard was okay, and the best of Len's movies so far (for whatever that's worth), but it clearly was a disappointing Die Hard movie. Now with Colin cast as a lead, I think that's cool and a completely different way to go than Arnuld. But it won't mean shit with Len at the helm. But please Len, by all means, surprise the shit out of me. But Total Recall was the shit. Get your ass to Mars, get your ass to Mars...

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 6:45 a.m. CST

    @ scalvador

    by abcdefz7

    Thanks! I'll have to look for that.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 7 a.m. CST

    Remake does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    INCEPTION is a remake of DREAMSCAPE?!! What fucking tit said that?<p> Strangely, i'm not altogether against this idea because of the sci-fi element. So much of what makes a film like TOTAL RECALL compelling isn't so much to do with the basic plot it's to do with the future vision put on screen.<p> So this Farell version could keep the same basic plot but be an entirely different beast. An entirely different future vision on screen. Within the plot of TR there's massive scope to do things differently and produce something original.<p> You know and I know it's unlikely to better the Verhoeven film, but at worst we'll get another action oriented sci-fi movie to watch...

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 7:12 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Oh I see, it was JackPumpkinPooPooHead who thought INCEPTION was a remake of DREAMSCAPE...<p> Crazy talk dude. That's like saying STAR WARS is a remake of STAR TREK. Duh!<p> I mean STAR TREK has 'Photon Torpedoes' and STAR WARS has 'Proton Torpedoes' - THEY'RE TOTALLY DIFFERENT DUDE!

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 7:14 a.m. CST

    Man.... talk about a BAD idea...

    by LargoJr

    This movie is going to suck... :(

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 7:15 a.m. CST

    by tylerzero


  • Jan. 10, 2011, 7:15 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    In some family planning clinics they use of the shot of the Proton Torpedoes going into the Exhaust Port to illustrate the moment of conception. True story that.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 7:21 a.m. CST


    by palewook

    waste of time and money by the studio. most film goers know to stay the hell away from Len Wiseman movies.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 7:23 a.m. CST

    To the complainers of late news

    by MurderMostFowl

    Go fuck yourselves. Just because you read this on some other site first... who the fuck cares. Why are you wasting your time posting on AICN if you're goal is to learn the hollywood shit first?? AICN is about the opinions, and the TBs. Neither one of those needs to be "first" to be interesting and entertaining. So if you don't enjoy this site, there's the door.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 7:32 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Murdermostfowl, where's the door? You have a door? Why don't I have a door?!

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 7:46 a.m. CST

    Dude Harry, stop being so damn touchy!

    by SpazMatic1074

    It's not that serious of a film to begin with. I agree it shouldn't be remade. I mean, a Paul Verhoven remake? WTF man. Is Hollywood that desperate? Oh and this was a Goldsmith score. And not exactly his finest. This is a b-film made flashy with sci-fi effects. Nothing good will come of this either way.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 7:46 a.m. CST

    I want a Total Recall on this remake!

    by killianx

    and prevent it from happening

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Colin is good,but with Wiseman this project is

    by jack black

    doomed to someone said above it will probably end up being like Paychek,another unsuccessful Dick movie adaptation which tried to be both smart and action oriented.fuck it.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 7:56 a.m. CST

    Ultraviolet + Underworld 2 + Torque = shit sandwich indeed!

    by Barabas the Barbarian

    'nuff said!

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Hollywood is still trying to force Colin Farrell on us.

    by Nerd Rage

    Did Colin Farrell make a deal with the devil? The guy doesn't have mega-star qualities but yet again Hollywood is trying to defy all reason and try to make him one anyway.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 7:58 a.m. CST


    by NightArrows

    I may be in the minority, and I really don't care, but I can't stand Total Recall. I really dislike that movie from top to bottom. It looks like a cheap-ass production and holds none of my interest. SO if the remake is shit, then it sits within the same level of achievement as the original IMO.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 7:59 a.m. CST


    by JonChambers

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 8:03 a.m. CST


    by batfunk

    Total Recall was a very average 90s movie that looked very 80s. The remake couldn't be much worse.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 8:09 a.m. CST


    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    Also, lol at the few dickheads stumbling unwanted into the talkback anouncing 'well i never though Total Recall was any good in the first place' Dreamscape has the barest of similarities to Inception and also happens to be huge pile of ASS (actually its kind of ok) where Inception is a masterpiece.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 8:16 a.m. CST

    This is a good thing...

    by KillDozer

    This movie will undoubtedly suck (Len Wiseman is still getting work?), but the multitude of reviews comparing the piece-of-shit remake to the original may help introduce a whole new generation to Verhoeven's work. Maybe he'll even be convinced to make new movies more often. Black Book was amazing.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 8:20 a.m. CST

    The casting was perfect for the original so...

    by alienindisguise

    this one will surely suck. Possibly it will have better fx but I doubt even that. Remakes need to die along with 3d.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 8:21 a.m. CST


    by tylerzero

    No comment

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Just make up something new, Hollywood.

    by CodeName

    There are literally thousands of untold sci-fi stories out there.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Sick of remakes and reboots

    by trekguy1966

    Screw this crap. I won't go see it because there was nothing wrong with the original Total Recall. If they feel compelled to do something, do a sequel, add to the story, don't simply redo it again.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 8:38 a.m. CST

    "where Inception is a masterpiece."

    by jack black

    BWAHAHAHAHAHA one moment to sweep my tears of laughing.snif.BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 8:39 a.m. CST

    BTW the supposedly official script of Batman3

    by jack black

    was has it in the news.and yeah Nolan uses half of the ideas that i had written about the movie here in the talkbacks a few months ago.heh.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 8:46 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    kilik, so you have a grudge against Christopher Nolan because...<p> a/ he made a critical and commercially successful movie which you personally didnt like?<p> b/ he stole your ideas for Batman 3 from your talkback posts?<p> Well, if you were to go postal and murder him I dont think there's a judge on the planet that would convict, after you were so wronged by that rotter.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 8:51 a.m. CST

    I don't normally use language like this, but...

    by AlienFanatic

    Fuck that. I can't STAND Colin Farrell and I go out of my way to avoid films he's in. I had to endure his crappy accent in Crazy Heart so that I could enjoy the full Jeff Bridges experience, but I was gritting my teeth the whole way. I had already planned on ignoring yet another useless remake, so this is just a superfluous torpedo to the already sinking hulk of my expectations.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 8:58 a.m. CST

    i have a grudge with Nolan?

    by jack black

    you mean the director whose Memento,TDK,BB,Inception movies i have purchased in their SE BR and DVD releases? the director whose envisioned bat-pod,joker,batman i have purchased in their collectible form? that director? no my dear fellow cinephil,my real grudge is with clueless movie-goers which praise mediocrities while trashing other flicks with the same flaws using double standards simply because someone made "batman for grownups". it's that kind of hypocrisy that i loath and want to make fun of. that's all.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 8:59 a.m. CST

    SO DONE with Colin Farrel

    by Jaster

    When he first came on the scene in Minority Report I thought he was fantastic. Apparently so did all of Hollywood because he starred in every film for the next two years. And he SUCKED in all of them! I don't know what the fuck happened. I don't know if he was drunk all the way through Minority report or it was the only film he's done sober. Maybe fucking Britney Spears rotted his brain. Whatever the case, I have no interest in seeing him in any film ever again.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 9:03 a.m. CST


    by Rob

    I'M IN!!

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 9:05 a.m. CST

    CF was the only GOOD thing...

    by Fawst

    about Minority Report. The scene between him and Tom Cruise in the elevator when he says something like "I don't hear any red markers." and then the alarm goes off, the change in his expression from cocky to terrified is perfect. Everything else about it sucked.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Confusion does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    kilik, sorry seemed like you were laughing loud and hearty at the notion of INCEPTION being a masterpiece? Leading one to assume that you think it is anything but...<p> However you then go on and say you own the Blu Ray so you must really like it alot after all...<p> Now im confused!

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 9:12 a.m. CST


    by Sprinky

    Does anyone think this going to top the original? I'm not a fan of Farrell so all the more reason to avoid this crap.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Wasnt this annouced a few months ago

    by MRJONZ72

    I mean like confirmed I thought it was this site but maybe it was Latino Review. Anyway I like Farrel Overall.. I dont know nothing how the original story people know if maybe he fits in better with the original story??

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 9:20 a.m. CST

    cobra--kai that's killik for you.confusion impersonated.

    by jack black

    and no,Inception is no fucking masterpiece.and that's a fact.back to the topic.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 9:21 a.m. CST

    the real question should be:

    by jack black

    did Dick's original story had battlebots in it?!

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 9:25 a.m. CST

    but Wiseman is an action director so

    by jack black

    if the producers wanted to make a smart movie more faithful to the novel than the original movie,they wouldnt have hired him. So they following the remake route... BTW Nolan would have been perfect to direct this if it was going to follow Dick's story.Nolan shares the same thematic passion with Dick which is the exploration of the human identity,so the TR adaptation would have been perfect for him to least it would have been better that his Inception rip-off...HA.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 9:58 a.m. CST


    by chadiwack

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 9:59 a.m. CST

    LEN WISEMAN..... Seriously???!?!?

    by chadiwack

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 10:36 a.m. CST

    A Len Wiseman movie starring Colin Farrell =

    by Nico Toscani

    a huge shit sandwich. Why the fuck would anyone EVER think this was a good idea? You couldn't PAY me to watch this shit.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 10:58 a.m. CST

    His wife became hot only after all that plastic surgery.

    by moorE12

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 11:03 a.m. CST

    So, the writer of the story is worried...

    by tang126

    ...about the director, the lack of Arnold and 15 other elements. But NOT the fact that someone is even remaking this crazy thing for no apparent reason?! Didn't it use to be some sort of rule that a remake should be done after a couple of generations have passed? What's with all the relaunches, remakes, reboots, re-imaginings, etc. of stuff that was released less than 20 years ago? Obviously Mr. Knowles and I run in different circles and have concerns about totally separate things when it comes to movies. Because I don't care if Christopher Nolan was directing, and with a score by John Williams...this movie isn't quite "remake"-ready/worthy, is it? The original was kinda neat, and said about all that needing saying, IMO. And, BTW, the little foul-mouthed piss-pot midget - Farrell - has never helped or improved a movie with his appearance/participation (except the one where I was hoping he'd get shot in the phone booth), so I wouldn't exactly be holding my breath on this one, waiting for any sort of greatness. I believe I'll be hanging on to my $9...

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Who wants to go to feckin Mars?

    by oojamaflip

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 11:13 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Darth Kong thank you very much! I'll try and stick to comedy from now on, rather than attempting to unravel the contradictory comments of Mr Kilik. That is one mental maze I will not be entering into again.<p> tang126, "little foul-mouthed piss-pot midget" obviously you've seen the Colin Farell sex tape? Doesn't he sleaze on about 'Breakfast, lunch and dinner right there' while eating a girl out? A charming gent!

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 11:30 a.m. CST


    by Edgardo Incenella

    Such a waste of resources makes me mad! Why just don't adapt ANOTHER Philip Dick story??? What about The Man In The High Castle or Ubik???

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Ha, no...I've not seen the C. Farrell sex tape

    by tang126

    Just one horrible movie after another, starring/co-starring him. That's enough to make me kinda doubt any future ones. :) But I've seen/read a few interviews and he's like an 11-year-old who just learned the word "fuck". After the 415th time, it kinda loses its punch... I'm no prude, BTW. I just get bored with lazy, non-creative cussing. Put a little effort into it, folks!

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Have Jessica Alba as the Sharon Stone character!

    by SpazMatic1074

    Instead of kicking Farel in the face in a business suit and high-heals, she can do it barefoot in a bikini thong. That would be the hotness!

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Michelle Rodriguez as Rachel Toctiton..

    by SpazMatic1074

    or it could be a great come back film for Catherine Zeta Jones.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 11:53 a.m. CST

    It Should Be A Crime...

    by MakNeil

    to remake anything originally done by Paul Verhoeven (or David Cronenberg, for that matter) because they bring such a subversiveness, a unselfconscious use of gore, nudity or both that's refreshing in these often over cautious times. Len Wiseman isn't a terrible director, just an uninspired one. He reminds me of Stephen Hopkins, who's fine from a technical standpoint, but doesn't bring–as far as I can tell–any passion to the work that he does. Len Wiseman is all about huge set pieces; unfortunately, there's nothing to bind them together, which makes them obvious.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 11:55 a.m. CST

    I'm sorry..

    by TiPPiDa

    I'm not going to make any friends saying this on here but the only bad thing I see about this news is Wiseman directing... Script is being written by someone competent, Colin Farrell is a decent actor, We haven't heard note one of a score so judgment is reserved on that. Although I agree with Harry on Goldsmiths score, it was pretty perfect for the tone of the film. But this is not fucking 2001 or Alien or Star Wars were talking about here. It's a cheesy Arnie vehicle which did respectable box office 15-20 years. IMO it's gagging to be remade.. Go back and watch total recall again.. It's dated as fuck. Don't get me wrong, Robocop was Verhoven, Starship Troopers was Verhoven, these films i dont want to see get remade, but Total Recall is not one of the films that are sacred to me, but I get your distaste for the idea because it may be sacred to you.

  • He's brilliant in it.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 12:03 p.m. CST


    by Meadowe

    The only fliq I was remotely interested in seeing with him in it was Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, and that's only cuz of post Joker Heath Ledger.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 12:05 p.m. CST

    And in his sex tape. "Breakfast, lunch, AND dinnah!"

    by UltraTron

    The world does not need a pg13 Total Recall movie. Even if it was R with flawless 3 tit chick compositing

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 12:08 p.m. CST

    'Total Recall' was a steaming pile of shit.

    by SmokingRobot

    Seriously, it was awful pretty much from beginning to end. Stupid, stupid, stupid. Remake? Can't screw up the source material worse than has already been done.

  • a bookish, wimp character is needed to be closer to the book, as others have stated.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Total Retard

    by PleaseWipeMyAss


  • Jan. 10, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST

    A crime is being committed....

    by Beaverduck

    This is terrible news, and I am now very sad.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Best remake idea...

    by Darth Macchio

    Seriously...a movie called "The Car" and have it directed by Rob Zombie. He actually had a contest a while back, after crapping all over Halloween, about what the "fans" think he should do next (remakes, etc) I think the biggest was Werewolf Women of the SS or whatever that trailer short he did.<p>As to TR with Wiseman and Farrel? I think everybody here has it basically right...Wiseman isn't capable of directing something that can actually maintain audience attention for the average length of a feature film (and I really liked both the Underworld movies he did).<p>We come close to remake greatness but it never pans out. Cronenberg for TR. John Millius for a Conan remake, etc..and it always falls through to some level of mediocrity and then fans of the property are screwed out of seeing their favorite stories/films on screen.<p>Of course, perhaps Hollywood should take more chances on films that don't take the easy way out with the proverbial "built-in audience" of the remake world. They typically don't get it close to being right anyway and will never understand the notion of "lightening in a bottle" on unique greatness in films that should never be remade, only enjoyed forever.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 12:45 p.m. CST

    It's said to think this generation...

    by Beaverduck

    ...will one day discover that there's nothing unique or original about their place in movie history. With a few notable exceptions (Nolan, The Coen Brothers), these kids today get very few truly inspired originals. But there I go sounding like an old man again. I just had an idea Hollywood... You should remake Raiders of the Lost Ark! Clearly it can be done better. It's not like it needs Harrison Ford or Steven Spielberg to be good. Fuck, hire Len Wiseman and git dat shit rollin!

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Get ready for a surprise!

    by GrandMuffTarkin

    A shit surprise, that is.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 12:53 p.m. CST

    I feel like no one has actually read the short story

    by Bass Ackwards

    And its just easier to talk about how it'd be better to stick closer to the source, etc and so on simply because that's the standard line when it comes to adaptations. The short story isn't some elaborate mind fuck, its just a cute conceit playing with the idea of memory vs reality and wraps up in a wink at the audience twist. A literal adaptation of the short story would look a lot like the movie did up until the point where Schwarzenegger kills Sharon Stone ("consider this a divorce"). If Verhoeven were faithful, instead of killing Stone he would negotiate with her for a new memory implant to hide the knowledge that was supposed to have stayed repressed, she would say ok, and 15 minutes later the movie would reveal its final twist and then it would be over. Also Dick's main character isn't bookish or wimpy, he's barely described at all, but what we do get is that he's a bit of a badass well trained super spy (in addition to actually taking out the two agents come to kill him, in his secret spy life he's described as having worked his way through a dozen or so armed bodyguards single handed) and he's good looking enough for the topless receptionist to proposition herself to him.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 1:17 p.m. CST

    I Don't Like Colin Farrell


    Not particularly interested in seeing this. I like the original Total Recall, but I agree. Arnie movies without Arnie (Terminator: Salvation, Predator 2, Predators) just leave me cold. Either slip me some Schwarzenegger, or don't bother.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 1:27 p.m. CST

    @scalvador - Croneberg's TOTAL RECALL script

    by abcdefz7

    After twenty minutes, I'm not having any luck. Any tips?

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 1:31 p.m. CST

    I will never see a movie directed by Len Mediocre Wiseman

    by Billy_D_Williams

    I recently tried watching Die Hard 4 after avoiding it since release...I wish I'd stayed away. Terrible, terrible mediocre trash...I couldn't even finish it, such an insult to the series. Made for tweens. Len Wiseman makes me so angry, the guy is the epitome of mediocre, and destroys everything he touches. The original Total Recall is nearly a classic...I accept the reality of remakes, but I refuse to watch them unless they're helmed by someone I respect. The upcoming Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is an example. I adore Fincher and know he will probably improve the original. Wiseman is just looking to upgrade his fucking salary so he can keep his drop dead gorgeous hollywood wife. Fuck him and this remake.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 1:35 p.m. CST

    The Cronenberg Recall script can be found online

    by Billy_D_Williams

    if you wanna know what his version would have been

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Dont ask why they keep remaking movies

    by Billy_D_Williams

    Movies are products to them, they don't care about movies. Many hollywood execs don't even like movies. So remakes are just a sound business's safe brand name recognition, the story is already there, they just hire the latest hollywood mediocre action director and flavor of the month actor. Thought Farrell is pretty good actor. I could buy this remake with him if it wasn't being helmed by such a fucking hack.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 1:44 p.m. CST

    I don't have enough middle fingers to express my feelings

    by DangerDave

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Why remake this?

    by allykatD

    Hollywood baffles me. There are so many original stories why remake? At this point they're targeting an audience who probably hasn't seen the orginal anyway, so there's no built-in audience. Do something ORIGINAL. <p> Any one read Patrick Lee's books "The Breach" or "Ghost Country". There you go. Those books would make awesome movies.</p>

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Cuato's a mutant.

    by PorkChopXpress

    So don't get upset when you see him.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Jerry Goldsmith's score is one

    by Fred Garvin

    of the best action scores in history, if you ask me. The amount of orchestral notes alone is staggering. Remaking this movie seems like an exercise in futility. Verhoeven really brought a sleazy, bizarre, violent dream vibe that would seriously be lacking in any type of remake.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST

    To hell with this....

    by archer1949

    I'd rather see a new movie by Verhoeven.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 5:12 p.m. CST

    i agree about Jerry's of the best for

    by jack black

    this kind of movie.period.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 5:36 p.m. CST

    the original can be improved

    by rogerdodger21

    the original holds a special place in my sci-fi heart, but it's as dated as an 80's single (even though it was made in '90). it's like a cartoon, with some love-it or hate-it overacting all over the place. i'm not sure if this is the team to update it, but let's not overstate the merits of the original.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Total Recall is sacrosanct!!!!

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    For the life of me I cannot understand why anyone venerates this movie. It's crap.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 7:17 p.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    Says Colin Farrell in his worst Lucky Charms accent.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 7:18 p.m. CST

    "Consider this a divorce..."

    by kjmad25

    A divorce from ever seeing another fucking shit Wiseman movie ever again. I'll never forgive that hack for trashing Die Hard 4.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 7:39 p.m. CST

    I think Farrell should team up with Russell Crowe on his next project

    by jackofhearts29

    They can have a tormented stare-off. Then, we will learn that There Can Be Only One, and whoever is the more boring, scowly Austro-Celt bastard will explode before our eyes. Who would it be?

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Monday Night Combat would make a great film...

    by AnUsulDarkley

    but why not remake Starship Troopers as well. Seems Hollywood is eager to mess up great films.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 9:46 p.m. CST

    You think this is the real Quaid? IT ISN'T!!!

    by bottombrick


  • Jan. 10, 2011, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Where is Dino when we need him?

    by bottombrick

    Now more than ever.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 11:42 p.m. CST

    I will see this if and only if...

    by Sal_Tessio

    Michael Ironside returns. But the important question is: Will we see the nostril stretching scene, in all its newly redone CGI glory? Does anyone else own this on Blu-Ray? I found it to be the worst transfer in my library. My frickin' Laserdisc equals the quality.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 11:47 p.m. CST


    by Meadowe

    With them outside and struggling to breathe, eyes about to pop out of their sockets. Now it's funny to me cuz I thinq Schwarzenegger is such a douche because of his gov run, but back in the day, oh man.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Will Ferrell and I'll watch it

    by deelzbub

    But only once. I agree with above: Get Verhoeven another science fiction movie.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 4:39 a.m. CST

    meadowe, back when that first came out I used to hold my breath...

    by Toruk_Makto

    during that sequence to see if it was even remotely possible they could survive. uhm, yep, I did that.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 4:57 a.m. CST

    The Inception/Dreamscape comparisons

    by HongKongCavalier

    ... are worse than Hollywood remakes. Just because the idea of entering dreams is shared in both movies doesn't automatically make Inception a ripoff; especially since that was the only thing remotely similar to Dreamscape. Remaking TR is just stupid yet Hollywood will continue to whine about piracy without acknowledging that when it makes good film (like Inception) it makes money as opposed to when it churns out shit and loses money to Torrent sites

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 8:23 a.m. CST


    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    Fair enough if you don't think Inception is a masterpiece but you seriously think Dreamscape is on the same level? If so you must be smoking some serious shit.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 8:53 a.m. CST

    The sad, the crap and the dumb

    by AsimovLives

    The Sad: That it's Len Wiseman directing a Total Recall remake. The Crap: Colin Farell is not playing Arnold, he's playing a character called Doug Quaid which was the name of the character in the short sotry wroten by Philip K. Dick called "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale", which Arnold played in the original Total Recall movie. The Dumb (this one is going to be long): There is no such thing as zero G proper. All there is is imponderability, better known as free fall. Gravity never disapears, never becames zero, regardless of how far you are from it's source. Gravity extends into infinity. What autronauts experience in orbit is free fall, because they are in fact falling toward Earth's center of gravity, but on such a path that follows the curvature of the Earth, whihc means they fall but don't go in the direction of the center of the Earth. That's why they experience a sense of weightlessness. But they are not weightless. In fact, people have weight at that altitude, but it wouldn't be that different from their weight at the surface of the Earth. They would be just a few kilos lighters. If people were teleported to orbit, they wouldn't be in "zero gravity,", they would feel a constant pull toward Earth very close to what they feel on Earth. It's because astronauts have to travel to orbit with rockets that have to speed faster then the speed of the gravity pull and then have to be placed on a free fall trajectory that's equal to Eath's curvature that they experience "zero gravity". Which isn't. What astronauts feel in orbit is the same that people feel in a Vomit Comet or when they fall form a great height on Earth. The only difference, the astronauts never reach the bottom of their fall, unless something disturbs their orbit. And no, i don't expect much from this remake. I don't hate or have much of a low opinion of Wiseman, but i also don't have much of a good opinion of him either. Though i applaud him for marrying the uber-hottie and talented (and underrated) Kate Beckinsale.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Is it really a remake or a new adaptation?

    by AsimovLives

    I have not seen much news clarifying this. Is this new movie a de facto remake of TOTAL RECALL, or a new adaptation of the same short story, "We Can Remmeber It For you Wholesale" that inspired Total Recall? Becasue if it's a new adaptation for the screen, then i say, it's not a bad idea in itself. I read the short story, and i tell you, there's enough ideas in it to make another movie out of it that wouldn't resemble Total Recall much. If they are really going the reboot, literally, of TOTAL RECALL, then i have to ask this: are they going to retain the awesome bitch-fight form the original movie? And if so, which actress they will chose to play the combatants?

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 9:05 a.m. CST

    The Total Recall bitchfight

    by AsimovLives

    I have to admit, The Total Recall bitchfight is my favorite part of that movie. I love it, it's a crazy-awesome mad movie. but it's the bitchfight that for me is the best thing in it. So, i ask you guys, if the remake also had the bitch-fight, whose actress you guys would like to see punching each other silly in replacement of the actresses of the original? Who should replace Sharon Stone and Rachael Ticotti?

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 9:06 a.m. CST

    judge dredds dirty undies

    by AsimovLives

    INCEPTION is a masterpiece of blockbuster entertaiment. That's what it is.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST

    I give this two weeks in theaters.....two weeks....two weeks

    by Faust_8

    you suck Wiseman, stick to boning your wife

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Racheal Nicolas and Jessica Alba

    by Faust_8

    bitch fight and then their shirts get ripped and in all the confusion they forget why they are fighting and just start to make out, and scene.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 9:50 a.m. CST

    original always felt like an adult syd&marty kroft

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    veerhoven should do a puff & stuff remake - very inviting, colorful, fake and flat with misogynistic sociopathic violence, blood, gore and tits - all veerhoven movies have that vibe - - the only one that works for me with his "style" is robocop - the rest feel like what they are - the masturbatory ramblings of perverted german expressionist - theyre like porn movies with sex but no hardcore scenes, giant budgets and a mean sense of irony and sarcasm - achtung baby, glänzend turd !!!

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 10:15 a.m. CST

    HR Puffinstuff

    by deelzbub

    great idea jimmyjoe. I could see that. Would like to see Veerhoven's take on Lidsville. I love Veerhoven's science fiction trilogy in this order: 1. Robocop 2. Total Recall 3. Starship Troopers I wish there was a fourth movie that somehow tied the other three together.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 10:16 a.m. CST

    judge dredds dirty undies

    by riggs_and_murtaghs_love_child

    Don't bother to question the films of Asimov's personal Jesus, Chris Nolan. You will never hear the end of it.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 10:37 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Actually my personal film Jesus is Stanley Kubrick.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 10:48 a.m. CST


    by riggs_and_murtaghs_love_child

    Is one damn fine director, nice to know you have some taste.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Total Recall with Colin Farrell

    by ragingfluff

    Colin wakes up on Mars with no cigarettes, a serious hangover, a DVD of him and a model having sex, and a kilo of heroin in his jeans ... and he has no idea how he got there.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 11:04 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Modesty aside, i have good taste in my choice of filmmakers and movies. Because i care.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 11:05 a.m. CST

    And "damn fine director" doesn't suffice to classify Kubrick

    by AsimovLives

    He was more, much more then just "damn fine director".

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST

    I actually like the idea of Colin Farrel for Total Recall

    by AsimovLives

    Len Wiseman, not so much. Surely there's better directors to be chosen, right?

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Wasn't there a TV show called TOTAL RECALL 2070?

    by AsimovLives

    That TV show was made in the rin the 90s or the early 2000s. i never saw it, but from what i read about it, it looked like a mix of Blade Runner and Total Recall. I read some good things about it. Did anyone watched it, and if so, what did you think of it?

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 11:12 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    A guy waking up in Mars with a major hangover and a complete amnesia of how he got there is a very Philip K. Dick thing he would put in one of his stories. He loved to put his protagonists in that kind of displacement. It played well with his love for stories where the main characters questioned their reality and their sanity. You actually came up with a very Philip K. Dick premise, even if you were just mocking Farrell's boozing ways. Good job. I would watch that movie.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 11:14 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Good choice, and good plot developement too. I'd like to see others responding to my challenge post like you did and offer other sugestions.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 11:23 a.m. CST

    I need my 3 titties

    by the_booger_in_your_egg_salad

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 11:24 a.m. CST

    bitch fight

    by MacReady452

    acting ability aside..or do we need to cast the roles? hmmmmm....Olivia Wilde for Melina vs. Emily Browning as Lori. In underwear and ice water.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 11:46 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Wow!! Great choices, sir.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Remember the days of 1,000+ posts in 24 hours?

    by Le Grande Zombi

    The AICN dream is over.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 12:17 p.m. CST

    He has no kids to feed.. so what's the point?

    by Axl Z

    I'm hoping Arnold goes back into Acting again soon. He'll be back.. This'll be like Minority Report I guess.. Wasn't that the unofficial sequel to Total Recall??

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Asimovlives, the plot thickens

    by Faust_8

    Amber Heard and Mila Kunis. In the middle of the fight Ambers grabs Mila's crotch and asks her 'What have you been feeding this thing'. Milas answers ' Blondes'. Amber then goes down on her against the scenic back drop of Olympus Mons. Is anyone from Hollywood reading this ??? This is pure gold !!

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 12:36 p.m. CST


    by Faust_8

    I like where you are heading with that but we need to work shop the scene a little more.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Ok another bitch fight

    by Faust_8

    Beau Garret and Emma Stone. While they are fighting, Beau asks Emma to tie her up. Emma says 'I didn't know you were so kinky' and Beau says 'Maybe it's time you found out'. Emma ties up Beau and the hand blender from the kitchen turns out to be an eletric dildo, hijinks ensue.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Why would he play Arnold Schwarzenegger....

    by LookWhosTalkbackingNow

    do you mean he's playing the character Arnold portrayed? Saying that Colin Farrel is playing Arnold Schwarzenegger is completely false. I think he's probably playing Quaid.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 1:35 p.m. CST

    oh wait, you're all hacks

    by LookWhosTalkbackingNow

    sorry, forgot.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Brooklyn Decker and Alexa Vega

    by Faust_8

    screw it, they don't fight at all and just roll around kissing and licking each others naked bodies

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Not a Colin Farrell fan

    by FrodoFraggins

    Sounds like it's going to be crap.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 2:22 p.m. CST

    I have to go return some video tapes

    by Faust_8


  • Jan. 11, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Could be worse

    by Anthony

    They would've chosen Will Farrell.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Colin Farrell?

    by Marduk

    Never heard of him. The Total Recall series is overrated anyway, and Veerhoven is a hack. Am I EDGY and THOUGHT PROVOKING yet?

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Dead Thread but I have too ask..

    by UGG

    as I do in every Total Recall TB Has anyone read the Phillip K Dick original short And does anyone else remember it being the same story as Tommy Lee Jones' back story in Men In Black 2? An Alien craft comes down and they give him something but erase his memory, which he then get's back or something along them lines?