‘Total Recall’ TV Spot Teases A Stylishly Updated Sci-Fi Flick [UPDATED]

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 28th, 2012 at 6:58 am,

total recall colin farrell Total Recall TV Spot Teases A Stylishly Updated Sci Fi Flick [UPDATED]

[UPDATE: SONY HAS PULLED THE TV SPOT.]

We were moderately excited about Len Wiseman’s Total Recall reboot/remake for most of last year, thanks in part to the casting of fan-favorites like Bill Nighy (Underworld) and Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) in pivotal supporting roles – along with the promise that the film will adhere more closely to the tone and themes of Philip K. Dick’s source material (the short story “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale”) than director Paul Verhoeven’s enjoyable, yet undeniably cheesy, 1990 adaptation did.

Our expectations rose all the higher after seeing some early footage screened at the film’s New York Comic-Con 2011 panel, which hinted at a Total Recall movie that could indeed deliver a healthy helping of brains to go along with the (nowadays) requisite darker/grittier action and improved effects work.

A portion of that early Comic-Con footage from Wiseman’s Total Recall has now been made available for the wider viewing public – in the form of a TV spot that is part fake promotion for the futuristic (fictional) Rekall Company featured in the film, but also part truncated sizzle reel.

Here is the meat of the plot for the new Total Recall (followed by the first TV spot):

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.

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As illustrated by the above footage, Wiseman’s Total Recall will certainly benefit from the advancements in both CGI and practical set design made over the past two decades since Verhoeven’s adaptation hit theaters. The former is also expected to more openly embrace the grand notions about our perception of reality – and how we define our existence through unreliable memories – present in Dick’s source material, while also playing things more seriously than Verhoeven did (re: no Arnold Schwarzenegger one-liners).

For “proof” of that: Wiseman’s Total Recall is based on a screenplay penned by Kurt Wimmer (Equilibrium, Salt), James Vanderbilt (Zodiac, The Losers), and Mark Bomback (Live Free or Die Hard, Unstoppable). That complimentary mix of writing talent does indeed seem positioned to help deliver a solid film which effectively balances out visceral thrills with lofty sci-fi concepts and dramatic subject matter.

Total Recall is slated for theatrical release in the U.S. on August 3rd, 2012. Expect an actual trailer for the movie to drop in the near future.

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  1. Yes.

    • No. Colin replace Arnold? No.

      • Have you read the oringal Total Recall book? Arnolds movie was fun but it in no shape/form adapted the novel properly. There is no need to compare.

  2. Ah Kate beckinsale. Thats enough for my ticket.

    Also it looks pretty awesome I must say.

    • I’m gonna watch it mainly because of Kate too!

    • I’m all in for Kate she’s freakin hott….giggity ;)

  3. cant wait to see it.

  4. There’s nothing official about this footage. It is unfinished footage from last year’s Comic-Con. The Comic-Con watermark and time stamps are obvious. An official TV spot or trailer wouldn’t have these things.

  5. been waiting for a trailer for this, about time we get to see some footage.

  6. Hmmmmmm. Doesn’t look too bad. If it isn’t too much like the original movie, then this has the potential to be a decent chunk of sci fi action.

  7. This looks awesomeeeeeeee!

    Plus anyone who has seen In Bruges can’t help but love Colin Farrell as an actor. The man has chops, despite a Miami Vice or Alexander…

    • He was great in Fright Night too!

      • or The Way Back as a Russian criminal in a Gulag.

  8. I don’t know. I kind of missed Michael Ironside’s “That’s Quaid!” ham and Arnie’s ridiculous one liners (“Hey, Benny? Screw you!”). I’m hoping for thoughtful intelligence but it seemed a bit generic to me. Plus, you get Colin Farrell the actor and Colin Farrell playing Colin Farrell. I will keep my fingers crossed it’s the former.

  9. Whoa, John Cho with blond hair? :D

  10. In Arnold Schwarzenegger’s voice” You got what you want Cohaagen. Now give them people some air!!!” Man, they removed the tv spot.

  11. Looks like I didn’t get here in time, they took it down. BOLLOCKS!!! I’ve been waiting to see something from this.

  12. This needed a remake why?

  13. it was all in your head quaid, all in your head ! :]

  14. I wonder whats next for a Remake

  15. not necessary, not matter how ‘advanced’ or tech has gotten or how ‘serious’ the script may seem, arnies one was a nice mix of action, mild comedy and narrative. its to soon for this kind of remake/reboot and the pg-13 rating doesn’t help things either.

    • It not a reboot/remake its a proper adaption. Arnolds film strayed so far from the original story it was its own film. You could almost re-name it.

  16. Not a big Colin Farrell fan, so this movie already has to great for me to like it. I really enjoy the Arnie version. Does anyone remember Colin Farrell playing Bullseye in the Daredevil movie? He looked freaky in that one.