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 Cranston, Bill 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:
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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.