‘Total Recall’ Set Photos: Armored Cops & Hovercars

4 years ago by  

Len Wiseman’s (Underwold) remake of Total Recall is in the midst of production up in Toronto, Canada, and the first photos snapped of the set have made their way online.

So, whether you wanted to see this remake get made or have prayed vehemently against it every day since it was announced, a new Total Recall is on the way, so you might as well take a look at how it’s coming together.

Total Recall is based on the short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” by legendary sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick. The 1990 Paul Verhoeven movie adaptation was altered to be more of an action vehicle for star Arnold Schwarzenegger; this remake will instead go the route of sticking closer to Dick’s original sci-fi tale, which has a lot more reality-questioning mind-bends involved in its plot. Colin Farrell will be stepping into the lead role of Doug Quaid, which was made famous by “Ahnuld.” Supporting actors include Bryan CranstonBill Nighy, John Cho, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel and Ethan Hawke in a yet-to-be-revealed mystery role.

Check out this brief explanation of the new Total Recall:

As the nation states Euromerica and New Shanghai vie for supremacy, a factory worker (Farrell) begins to suspect that he’s a spy, though he is unaware which side of the fight he’s on.

You can probably see where questions about the nature of the mind, memory and identity will fit in, but let’s not forget that futuristic action is going to be part of the mix. Today’s crop of Total Recall set photos offer a glimpse at the sci-fi future that will be created for the movie, complete with cops in futuristic armor, zipping around in hovercars.

Take a look at the gallery below for glimpses of the cops, the cars, and the green screens which will help bring the future to life via CGI:


Looking at those photos begs the question: what brand of cellphone is that one cop using? If I had to make my predictions about a phone that would last into a distant future, it would have to be the Droid ;-).

Seriously though, I’m always glad when my sci-fi films come with hovercars. At the very least, it hints that we’ll be privy to some pretty good chase sequences.

Total Recall will be in theaters on August 3, 2012.

Sources: This Little Film Blog, On Location Vacations & Ian Buck (via /Film & AICN)

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  1. I just don’t like the idea of remaking this movie. The original is still holds up fine. If Hollywood wants to remake everything filmed before 1960, fine. But this came out in 1990! For heaven’s sake, have some dignity Hollywood!

    • Im with you on that one 775, the previous movie is top class – see you at the party Richter!! – Why ruin another classic, has Hollywood run out of ideas?

  2. The original was great, so it will be tough to remake it, but the fact that modern day FX will get to come into play is encouraging. Although I’m not really sure I like the cops in the pic, they look like stormtroopers…the police hovercar is tight tho’

  3. Playing with his a droid and having a smoke on break, that’s like me between classes :).

  4. I love the original. I am going to stay optimistic toward the remake. The seems good just have to wait Len Wiseman has in store

  5. Wow, it sounds completely lame to keep it grounded on Earth. Is there really enough of the original story left to even call it an adaption? Might have been easier to just change some names and then call it something else instead of trying to leech off the original movie’s notoriety.

    • this looks more like a remake of demolition man than total recall.

  6. I am loving the look of the cops and their hover-car. I only wish the new Dredd movie was looking to be along these sci-fi looking lines. This would have fitted perfectly.

  7. Life size Robosapiens!

  8. Power Rangers!!!!!!

  9. Jesus so they’re doing it then huh? Why??…… So i imaging no one has a new story to tell?…..so whats next Rocky? Rambo? do we need remakes?

  10. I read it in someone’s comment yesterday, how many good scripts are being passed over in favor of remakes and reboots? It’s really gotten out of control.

    Everyday I wake up afraid I’m going to read about the reboot of Smokey and the Bandit, Hustler/Color of Money, or even Back to the Future. I mean, obviously Hollywood does everything better now, so why not remake everything?

  11. As long as a “remake” is closer to the source material-I am happy, and it sounds like this will be.

    I am waiting still for a closer adaptation of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, hell the closer adaptation of any P.K.D. story.

    Save of course:A Scanner Darkly which is pretty much spot-on, Screamers and Impostor are really close.

    But honestly I am a fool for any Dick adaptation or clone-see Total Recall 2040, still I would love to see more direct adaptations of P.K.D.’s brilliant work-especially some kewl electric sheep.

  12. they are already planning a remake of a movie that has not been filmed yet and it is going to be a prequel to a movie that hasn’t even been thought of.

  13. I think this may be a closer adaptation of the original novel and not the 90′s movie. Let’s try to have a positive outlook everyone…