Len Wiseman Will Direct the ‘Total Recall’ Remake

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 11th, 2013 at 3:51 am,

Sony has announced that director Len Wiseman has signed on to helm the studio’s remake of Total Recall. The film will be produced by Neil Moritz and is based on a script from Kurt Wimmer (who most recently wrote the Angelina Jolie spy thriller, Salt).

As we reported back in April, this version of Total Recall will not share much in common with awesome 1990 Paul Verhoeven film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Rather, Wiseman will take a more realistic approach to Philip K. Dick’s original short story, “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale.”

In the press release, Wiseman said,

“I’ve always been fascinated with Philip K. Dick’s short story and I’m excited at that prospect of diving even deep into the type of world it evokes and the questions it asks. I love that the most crucial mystery our character is trying to solve is the one of his own soul.”

As a director, Wiseman’s action credentials are solid. In addition to helming Live Free or Die Hard, Wiseman also directed the first two films in the popular Underworld franchise. Recently, Wiseman was also attached to the film adaptation of the popular video game Gears of War - but he allegedly departed to direct the apocalyptic thriller Nocturne.

I think the question that’s on everyone’s mind is: Will there be a three-breasted alien prostitute? If not, count me out – just kidding. As I wrote before, this remake is meant to be more realistic and won’t take place on Mars – therefore, fans hoping for three-breasted aliens are probably out of luck.

Of course, this begs the question, what will the movie be about?

Philip K. Dick is undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest sci-fi authors and his works have been adapted into countless television shows and feature films – there probably isn’t any one single right way to adapt his material.

As much as I love the original film, for its action, gore, and Paul Verhoeven’s trademark wit, I’m sure Wiseman can put together a successful Total Recall remake.

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  1. i dont think he directed the third Underworld film..hearing that he is remaking this doesnt get my juices going, seriously guys, enough with the remakes.

  2. THE ORIGINAL PKD SHORT STORY IS A GOOD PIECE OF MATERIAL, HOPEFULLY IT WILL BE REALIZED THE RIGHT WAY THIS TIME AND HAVE A MINORITY REPORT FEEL TO IT, THE FILM FROM 20 YEARS AGO SUCKED THEN AND OBVIOUSLY DOES’NT HOLD UP IN ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM TODAY I LIKE ARNOLD BUT ASIDE FROM T1, T2, AND PREDATOR EVERYTHING HES EVER MADE HAS BEEN GARBAGE. WITH WISEMAN DOING THIS I GUESS THAT RULES HIM OUT FOR DIE HARD 5 WHICH IS A SMART MOVE ON HIS PART BECAUSE IF THAT DOES GO FORWARD I THINK ITS GOING TO BE STRECHING IT, FOX SHOULD COUNT THEIR BLESSINGS THAT DH4 WAS A BIG HIT AND GO OUT ON TOP.

  3. Just as lame as the Escape From NY remake.

    If not for the language restrictions I would love to rip into the producers that are wasting my time with this bs.

    • i for one hope carpenter and russell release a new plisskin adventure the same weekend that this retarded remake is released, im getting tired of seeing all these carpenter remakes

  4. so is it going to be called “Total Recall” or is it a movie based on the same short story? I mean, making a movie inspired by Heart of Darkness wouldn’t necessarily be remake of Apocolypse Now, just similar source material.

    If it’s a remake, why bother?

    If it’s not, then let’s see what you got

  5. Wow a remake of this is exciting!!! Total recall is a great film…….

  6. Well there you go we just lost Ricky18,,,,

    ^

    Quatro would be sad,,,

  7. 790
    I loved total recall i used to be scared wen i was a kid but now i love it….not a good or bad film but enjoyable. Wow i think youre pissed at me lol and all i did was like a movie…..

  8. he’s isnt pissed at you for liking a movie..he’s pissed because you’re all giddy over a useless, senseless remake dude:)

  9. Lol i dont like remakes but wat use is there to hate on this?!? I mean its gonna happen might as well be excited…..

  10. Anthony
    didnt u like total recall?!? So u hate all remakes period?!?

  11. Ricky how did you come to that conclusion?
    ^
    I’m just bummed you think the classic needs to be remade,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    • exactly, classics, cult classics should never be touched.i would be blowing a head gasket if anyone DARED remake fast times at ridgemont high, its was bad enough that they tried and failed at a TV series based on that film, ugh. 90 percent of remakes are crap. Wiseman made a great film in Underworld, the sequel..ehh was OK at best, i expect this remake to be PG-13 lol, mark my words.

  12. 790
    lol i dont know i thought u hated the movie. So all u hate is that theyre remaking it?!? Well like i said,theyre gonna do it no matter what we do or say…..

  13. Oh and i dont think it NEEDS a remake…..im just curious as to how itll be,thats all……

    • no one said that you thought it needed to be remade lol. you seemed to get all giddy and excited about it thats all. just because a remakes happen, there is no reason to be excited about it either lol.

  14. I don’t pay for old cheese,,,,,\

    8-)

  15. Halloween was one of the best remakes!!!!

  16. Haha i guess i shouldnt have used the word exciting cuz im not,im just curious lol,sorry for the mis intermpretation…..

  17. Thanks AntMan,,,!
    ^
    No Rickster, I loved “Total Recall”. It doesn’t need a remake,,, their (studio exec scum) just void of anything new so their milking it shoving it in our face,,,
    Aggravates me,,, argh,,
    ;-)

    • you know Phillip K. Dick has PLENTY of books, short stories to choose from, seriously, no need to rehash this classic. its one of the few arnie movies i like, the other T1, 2, predator, and end of days…but that one i liked more for gabriel byrne, i’ll watch anything that he is in.

  18. Oh hahaha…..yeah i want them to come up with new ideas……but theyre lazy,they want cash the easy way and they will….

  19. Anthony 790
    How old are u guys u guys are smart lol!
    Im just 18 lol

    • im sorry ricky18, i cannot divulge that kind of sensitive info out on the internet. :)

  20. 790, i can totally picture one of the head honchos telling another head honcho over at the studios “hey man, i got FIIIVE kids to feed”

    lets remake total recall…

  21. Anthony
    ok i respect that,but i know wat age range youre in…….i think:P lol

  22. Well ill call it a night guys,lets rant tomorrow lol!

  23. Like you referenced AntMan, they do pass on original ideas and rely on established franchises to feed their bloodlines,,,
    ;-)
    ^
    Its a complete beatch slap to the older fans, while at the same time it exploits the younger fans…
    Destroying their innocence,,, :-)
    ^
    Rickey !!!!!!
    ^
    Take care bro,,,, I’m 42,,, (the answer to all questions)

    • you got me beat by 2 years man…thats one of the reasons why i love QT films, he doesnt do remakes. like i said above, im betting this remake will be PG-13 too

  24. Lol, we need to talk over beers AntMan,,,

    Maybe next Comic Con. Don’t you live in SD?

    • yes i do, i had heard the 4 day passes are already gone though, im so pissed lol. seriously considering roughing up some nerds next year!!

  25. Remakes can be good, but are always risky bussines. Like this one. It even seems it is not a remake of the film but the book (very small difference) I loved Total Recall. It had everything for a mindless hour-and-a-half of entertainment. It is still one of Arnolds better movies.

  26. I say yay. I’m very interested. Oh no here it comes I hate the original but I hate nearly everything Arnold. He’s a s***** no talent actor and makes a decent film crap for being in it guys like Arnold and Keeanu piss me off. Awful actors getting decent films and ruining any chance of me enjoying it because of their god awful performances.

    So let’s see a more faithful adaptaion of the book with actual decent actors.

  27. Oh goody, another re-rape, sorry I meant remake. Same difference.

    I have nothing against Wiseman, the first Underworld is pretty good, and I know I’m in a minority here but I absolutely love Die Hard 4.

    But this just doesnt need to be done. Total Recall is a classic Sci Fi movie, it can’t really be improved on, a sequel I could maybe get on board with but this, its a step too far. What next? A Terminator remake? Star Wars? Jaws? The Godfather?

    When does it stop? The sad answer, is that it doesnt. The Hollywood unoriginality train continues to rumble on without signs of slowing, dragging good movies through the gutter and smearing the original movies.

  28. with all the comic book material thats out there you would think hollywood has enough source material to steal from…

  29. 790
    42?!? I knew it!! Yeah someone my age dont use those smart words,and logic hahaha!!! Anthony used the word “divulge” witch says hes around your age……wow i bet im the youngest ranter lol

    • i think both 790 and i could guess your age, even though you told us, you seem to get excited easy which i was too at your age, then over the years, many mny films later, i saw the trend mounting up in hollywood remakes,reboots, the ruining of beloved comics lol

      • And how old do you think I might be?

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