[UPDATE: Check out the full Total Recall teaser trailer.]

Following the release of a leaked Comic-Con sizzle reel “disguised” as a TV promo, we now have the first officially-sanctioned footage from the upcoming Total Recall: a project that is being billed as more a re-interpretation of Philip K. Dick’s original short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” – rather than a pure remake of RoboCop director Paul Verhoeven’s original adaptation (also titled Total Recall).

Unfortunately, that footage is all-too-brief and comes in the form of a teaser trailer… uh, teaser. Similar to the recent preview clips “announcing” the release of new trailers for such upcoming tentpole productions as Prometheus and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, this Total Recall promo only hints at greater things to come.

Check out the teaser trailer preview for the new Total Recall (followed by an official plot synopsis):

Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), even though he’s got a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life – real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man.

These brief bits of Total Recall footage reveal such familiar sci-fi tropes as hovercars and vast, glistening, futuristic city landscapes that we’ve seen before in films like Judge Dredd and The Fifth Element, to name just a couple. Similarly, the clean digital look and somewhat over-the-top stunts/action teased here recall (no pun) that of director Len Wiseman’s previous work on the Underworld franchise. In other words, the new Total Recall doesn’t exactly appear to be anything that innovative or cutting-edge, from a visual perspective.

However, the main reason we included Total Recall as one of our Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 is because it promises to feature a better mix of sci-fi philosophical content and gritty action than your average sci-fi flick made nowadays does. For a better taste of that, though, we’ll have to wait for the actual teaser trailer – or the full-length theatrical promo, somewhere down the line.

Total Recall is slated for theatrical release in the U.S. on August 3rd, 2012. Be sure to check back on Screen Rant this Sunday (April 1st), as that is when the film’s full teaser trailer is scheduled to be released online.

Source: Columbia Pictures