Irishman Colin Farrell as Douglas Quaid in the Total Recall remake? With Underworld director Len Wiseman at the helm? And the project will neither be shot in nor post-converted to 3D? Is it all an illusion, a dream in the mind of some over-imaginative Hollywood screenwriter?
Producer Neil Moritz says it’s all true and has opened up a bit about the design of the new cinematic take on revered sci-fi author Philip K. Dick’s short story, “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” – which Moritz says will begin production this spring.
While he’s currently promoting this Friday’s 3D comic book release, The Green Hornet, Mortiz managed to find time for an interview with Collider to discuss some of his upcoming projects – including the Total Recall remake. Moritz indicated that Farrell is onboard for the film, which the producer also said would bear a stronger resemblance to Dick’s source material than Paul Verhoeven’s Total Recall did and will feature “a great twist” as well as a futuristic vehicle that transports individuals from one side of a planet to another in an innovative fashion.
The Battle: Los Angeles producer also emphasized the larger scale of the new Total Recall, saying that the setting (Earth in the year 2084) would feel very real in that it will feature feasible technological advancements and cities that have expanded vertically to handle overpopulation on Earth. Moritz also cited the scope of the project as having influenced the decision to not make Total Recall in 3D since “it would be too much.”
Total Recall is the tale of regular guy Douglas Quad (Arnold Schwarzenegger in Verhoeven’s film; now Farrell), who undergoes a process in which fake memories are implanted in his brain so that he may go on a virtual vacation to Mars. This process re-awakens Quaid to his long-buried true identity and inspires him to actually travel to the red planet in real life. That a man who bears an eery resemblance to Leonardo DiCaprio in a business suit accompanies Quaid on his journey is just an odd coincidence.
Like Christopher Nolan’s Inception, Total Recall blurs the line between reality and fantasy as Quaid encounters numerous bizarre entities and characters upon reaching the Martian world – one that may be an utter fabrication of Quaid’s mind or inexplicably real. The “is it all a dream?” sci-fi plot may not be as fresh today as when Dick published his original story back in 1966, but it’s still an intriguing one that should benefit from being bought to life via higher production values and modern F/X.
According to Moritz, Total Recall begins shooting on May 15th, 2011 in Toronto – which means the remake could hit theaters as soon as Spring or Summer of 2012.