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Total Recall locks in Colin Farrell, ditches Mars and 3D

01.10.2011

TOTAL RECALL is one in a long line of films being remade for little to no reason as Hollywood's creative juice machine continues to spit and sputter, but at least now we have some new details on the project, and how it's NOT going to be similar to the Schwarzenegger original.

Producer Neal Moritz spoke to Collider about the project, and revealed perhaps the most about it we've heard to date. First up, Colin Farrell, once only rumored as the lead, is now confirmed as a go. As for the rest of it? Supposedly the world is much different than the one from the original film, with one major difference sure to upset fans.

"It’s closer to the book, the big difference is we don’t go to space,” explains Moritz, adding, “Instead of it being a spaceship that takes us to another planet, there’s something that takes us from one side of the planet to another that’s really interesting.”

TOTAL RECALL without Mars? That's like remaking STAR WARS and having Mos Eisley just be Tuscon, Airzona. But never fear, director Len Wiseman (of LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD and UNDERWORLD fame) is on the case!

“I think the world that Len Wiseman is creating is incredible. It’s a real world, a real future world, where the cities have just gotten so overcrowded that the cities are just built up, up, up, up. We’re playing it like a real world, but there are all these technological advancements, and it’s just really, it’s cool. It’s an awesome movie. I’m dying — as a fan of movies, more than anything, it’s a movie that I’m just dying to see.”

Perhaps the best bit of news in this whole exchange is that Moritz says that they've decided NOT to shoot in 3D as it's "too much" which is a sentiment we can probably all agree with for the sake of our eyes and wallets.

Sooo any chance this will be good?

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Extra Tidbit: Though actually with three-boobed chicks and people's eyes bugging out, 3D might actually be put to good use here.
Source: Collider

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2:13PM on 01/11/2011
I'm actually all for a completely different take on this book, then it wont just be a unnecessary remake of a classic movie.
I'm actually all for a completely different take on this book, then it wont just be a unnecessary remake of a classic movie.
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2:03PM on 01/11/2011
They say I've been to Mars, but I don't recall!
They say I've been to Mars, but I don't recall!
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1:36PM on 01/11/2011

Hey, Paul Tassi?

TOTAL RECALL without Mars? That's like remaking STAR WARS and having Mos Eisley just be Tuscon, Airzona.

Learn how to spell "Tucson" and "Arizona", dick.
TOTAL RECALL without Mars? That's like remaking STAR WARS and having Mos Eisley just be Tuscon, Airzona.

Learn how to spell "Tucson" and "Arizona", dick.
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1:35PM on 01/11/2011

Hey, Paul Tassi?

TOTAL RECALL without Mars? That's like remaking STAR WARS and having Mos Eisley just be Tuscon, Airzona.

Learn how to spell "Tucson" and "Arizona", dick.
TOTAL RECALL without Mars? That's like remaking STAR WARS and having Mos Eisley just be Tuscon, Airzona.

Learn how to spell "Tucson" and "Arizona", dick.
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1:34PM on 01/11/2011

Hey, Paul Tassi?

TOTAL RECALL without Mars? That's like remaking STAR WARS and having Mos Eisley just be Tuscon, Airzona.

Learn how to spell "Tucson" and "Arizona", dick.
TOTAL RECALL without Mars? That's like remaking STAR WARS and having Mos Eisley just be Tuscon, Airzona.

Learn how to spell "Tucson" and "Arizona", dick.
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1:11PM on 01/11/2011

not to SHOOT in 3D

They're saying they won't SHOOT it in 3D... They never said they won't RELEASE it in (converted in) 3D!!!
BEWAAAAAARE !
They're saying they won't SHOOT it in 3D... They never said they won't RELEASE it in (converted in) 3D!!!
BEWAAAAAARE !
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11:12AM on 01/11/2011

Hmmm interesting

OK there are some very interesting things going on with this. If they stick closer to the book (which I haven't read) then why not ditch the title of Total Recall because I'm pretty sure it was under a different name (can anybody chime in on this before I head to wiki?). I'm a huge fan of CF and despite him being in a bunch of awesome, lower budget, indie flicks of late I am curious to see how he carries a bigger, more epic feature. Moritz and Wiseman are hit and miss, but I gotta admit action
OK there are some very interesting things going on with this. If they stick closer to the book (which I haven't read) then why not ditch the title of Total Recall because I'm pretty sure it was under a different name (can anybody chime in on this before I head to wiki?). I'm a huge fan of CF and despite him being in a bunch of awesome, lower budget, indie flicks of late I am curious to see how he carries a bigger, more epic feature. Moritz and Wiseman are hit and miss, but I gotta admit action is they're strength and sounds like they've got some good material to work with. So I say let's stir it all in a pot and see how the brew comes up a smellin'...
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2:39AM on 01/11/2011
Well I already said it before, but Colin Farrell is no Arnold. I wish they would have cast someone closer to the way he looks! No Mars? Something that takes us from one side of the planet to another? A plane, train, or car? LOL! Not sure about this, but I guess we will see when there's a trailer.
Well I already said it before, but Colin Farrell is no Arnold. I wish they would have cast someone closer to the way he looks! No Mars? Something that takes us from one side of the planet to another? A plane, train, or car? LOL! Not sure about this, but I guess we will see when there's a trailer.
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11:44PM on 01/10/2011
This will suck.
Oh and you're remaking a sci fi classic, seems to me like a great film to use 3D for. But then again I'm not retarded.
This will suck.
Oh and you're remaking a sci fi classic, seems to me like a great film to use 3D for. But then again I'm not retarded.
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11:13AM on 01/11/2011
Well..."if you grew up on a farm and we're retarded, then Bruges would impress you, but you didn't so I guess it doesn't???"
Well..."if you grew up on a farm and we're retarded, then Bruges would impress you, but you didn't so I guess it doesn't???"
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9:28PM on 01/10/2011
Not sure about this at all, the description they gave of the cities sounds like Stallone's Judge Dredd! And I have a feeling this will be more drama than action, but I'm hoping everything turns out allright, and I'm hoping they'll have an Arnie cameo at least.
Not sure about this at all, the description they gave of the cities sounds like Stallone's Judge Dredd! And I have a feeling this will be more drama than action, but I'm hoping everything turns out allright, and I'm hoping they'll have an Arnie cameo at least.
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11:14AM on 01/11/2011
Arnie's cameo should be in place of the Fat Lady who's head explode...just thinkin' out loud.
Arnie's cameo should be in place of the Fat Lady who's head explode...just thinkin' out loud.
5:49PM on 01/10/2011
Why does my previous post which says good things about this get thumbs down, yet other people who are liking this remake and saying the same things get positive thumbs up on their posts? You people are wierd.
Why does my previous post which says good things about this get thumbs down, yet other people who are liking this remake and saying the same things get positive thumbs up on their posts? You people are wierd.
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7:21PM on 01/10/2011
Just because it's positive doesn't mean everyone/anyone agrees with you.
Just because it's positive doesn't mean everyone/anyone agrees with you.
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5:32PM on 01/10/2011
Total Recall but not really lol
Total Recall but not really lol
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2:31PM on 01/10/2011

Love Colin but Len Wiseman?

Can't believe Farrell left Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis" to work with that hack
Can't believe Farrell left Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis" to work with that hack
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11:16AM on 01/11/2011
Wow...forgot about Cosmo...did he really?
Wow...forgot about Cosmo...did he really?
2:27PM on 01/10/2011
This looks like it might be pretty exciting. Plus being ore truthful to the source really does wonders to a film. I'm anxious to see what this will be like.
This looks like it might be pretty exciting. Plus being ore truthful to the source really does wonders to a film. I'm anxious to see what this will be like.
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2:04PM on 01/10/2011

PKD

"Itís closer to the book..." That makes this Philip K. Dick fan happy.
"Itís closer to the book..." That makes this Philip K. Dick fan happy.
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1:50PM on 01/10/2011
I have a feeling this movie is gonna be VERY good. The old movie was awesome and an updated version with today's technology, plus colin farrell who i think is perfect for this, this movie is gonna do VERY well
I have a feeling this movie is gonna be VERY good. The old movie was awesome and an updated version with today's technology, plus colin farrell who i think is perfect for this, this movie is gonna do VERY well
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11:17AM on 01/11/2011
Me hopes...but it should be a standalone and not so much a remake of a classic...
Me hopes...but it should be a standalone and not so much a remake of a classic...
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1:39PM on 01/10/2011
I don't like the "creative" people involved, both in front of and behind the camera, so I wouldn't be watching this anyway. On top of that it's a remake and I refuse to watch unnecessary remakes on principle alone.

It also sounds cheap. They're not doing Mars because they probably had to spend so much to get Will Farrell (I know it's not Will. I would just rather Will) and that also dipped too much into their 3-D money. All around this is just a giant red bar for me.
I don't like the "creative" people involved, both in front of and behind the camera, so I wouldn't be watching this anyway. On top of that it's a remake and I refuse to watch unnecessary remakes on principle alone.

It also sounds cheap. They're not doing Mars because they probably had to spend so much to get Will Farrell (I know it's not Will. I would just rather Will) and that also dipped too much into their 3-D money. All around this is just a giant red bar for me.
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1:36PM on 01/10/2011

Am I the only...

Person who is happy that Farrell is getting more parts?!
Person who is happy that Farrell is getting more parts?!
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11:19AM on 01/11/2011
Nope...I'm with ya. Been watchin' him since day one and since we're same age and heritage he feels like that famous relative we all have or wish we had. He's being doing a ton a work lately just smaller in scale.
Nope...I'm with ya. Been watchin' him since day one and since we're same age and heritage he feels like that famous relative we all have or wish we had. He's being doing a ton a work lately just smaller in scale.
1:27PM on 01/10/2011
I don't mind if the city's look is similar to Blade Runner, but I'm hoping this keeps an R-rating.
I don't mind if the city's look is similar to Blade Runner, but I'm hoping this keeps an R-rating.
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1:19PM on 01/10/2011

Cool!

Am I the only one that ever watched Total Recall 2070? It also didn't take place on Mars, but was still a pretty good show.
Am I the only one that ever watched Total Recall 2070? It also didn't take place on Mars, but was still a pretty good show.
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1:17PM on 01/10/2011

HERETIC

This movie will be a big insult, a big BS.
This movie will be a big insult, a big BS.
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1:13PM on 01/10/2011
Well that's a new twist. @ this point I'm only interested in Colin's role in the new Summer release-FRIGHT NIGHT (3D)
Well that's a new twist. @ this point I'm only interested in Colin's role in the new Summer release-FRIGHT NIGHT (3D)
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1:08PM on 01/10/2011
YES. Another crack in the 3D wall. One step closer to it crumbling completely. I don't even care about the re-make anymore, even though it really does sound like it has nothing to do with Total Recall, so they might as well just re-name it. Anyway, down with 3D!
YES. Another crack in the 3D wall. One step closer to it crumbling completely. I don't even care about the re-make anymore, even though it really does sound like it has nothing to do with Total Recall, so they might as well just re-name it. Anyway, down with 3D!
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1:08PM on 01/10/2011
The only skill Len Wiseman has was directing his dick into Kate Beckinsale.
The only skill Len Wiseman has was directing his dick into Kate Beckinsale.
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8:28PM on 01/10/2011
That's better than any other director has done.
That's better than any other director has done.
1:06PM on 01/10/2011

Fuck you Moritz

Just don't use the title Total Recall.
Just don't use the title Total Recall.
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1:06PM on 01/10/2011
Well, in the end I guess its not a remake, but actually another adaptation of the story Total Recall was based on. That's fine with me.
Well, in the end I guess its not a remake, but actually another adaptation of the story Total Recall was based on. That's fine with me.
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12:36PM on 01/10/2011

Lame

A couple years ago, I REALLY wanted to shoot a short that'd be a gritty, Mars-less, more spy oriented version of "We'll Remember It For You, Wholesale," the short story Total Recall is based on. Only got about 10 pages into the script though....

Hollywood must be watching me.
A couple years ago, I REALLY wanted to shoot a short that'd be a gritty, Mars-less, more spy oriented version of "We'll Remember It For You, Wholesale," the short story Total Recall is based on. Only got about 10 pages into the script though....

Hollywood must be watching me.
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12:32PM on 01/10/2011
It sounds like it could be good. The original was awesome so a straight up remake doesn't really seem needed in the first place so making some changes like loosing Mars might make for an interesting flick as opposed to a simple rehash of the original.
It sounds like it could be good. The original was awesome so a straight up remake doesn't really seem needed in the first place so making some changes like loosing Mars might make for an interesting flick as opposed to a simple rehash of the original.
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12:27PM on 01/10/2011
I'm totally cool with all of this news. People are way too quick to dismiss anything that's a remake of anything they've ever seen, which is understandible, but really Total Recall is the PERFECT movie to remake.

It's a cool concept with great potential that makes for a pretty cheesy viewing watching it today. Certain things really SHOULD be remade. Farrell is a good choice for a lead, and I have nothing against Wiseman. Hopefully they prove me right otherwise everyone can say they told me
I'm totally cool with all of this news. People are way too quick to dismiss anything that's a remake of anything they've ever seen, which is understandible, but really Total Recall is the PERFECT movie to remake.

It's a cool concept with great potential that makes for a pretty cheesy viewing watching it today. Certain things really SHOULD be remade. Farrell is a good choice for a lead, and I have nothing against Wiseman. Hopefully they prove me right otherwise everyone can say they told me so.
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12:02PM on 01/10/2011
The only thing I see wrong with this is that they're calling it 'Total Recall'. Call it 'We Can Remember It For You Wholesale', or make something up like they did for the original adaptation.

I LOVE Total Recall, but I'm not against this. I view it the same way I viewed the Coens' True Grit, it's a new adaptation of the original material, not a remake.
The only thing I see wrong with this is that they're calling it 'Total Recall'. Call it 'We Can Remember It For You Wholesale', or make something up like they did for the original adaptation.

I LOVE Total Recall, but I'm not against this. I view it the same way I viewed the Coens' True Grit, it's a new adaptation of the original material, not a remake.
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11:20AM on 01/11/2011
I agree and thank you for reminding me of the original title.
I agree and thank you for reminding me of the original title.
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11:58AM on 01/10/2011
I can't stand Len Wiseman,but on the plus side at least it's not going to be in 3D
I can't stand Len Wiseman,but on the plus side at least it's not going to be in 3D
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11:46AM on 01/10/2011
If this had someone other than Len Wiseman, I'd be very open minded about this remake. The original isn't very good to begin with.
If this had someone other than Len Wiseman, I'd be very open minded about this remake. The original isn't very good to begin with.
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11:46AM on 01/10/2011
What exactly is the sacrilege that is being committed towards the original? I like the original, but it's not sacred territory. It's pretty hokey, over-acted, and nonsensical at times.

The real questions to be asked, is how do they top the 3 breasted woman?
What exactly is the sacrilege that is being committed towards the original? I like the original, but it's not sacred territory. It's pretty hokey, over-acted, and nonsensical at times.

The real questions to be asked, is how do they top the 3 breasted woman?
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11:42AM on 01/10/2011

Why

Does saying it's nothing like the original? To me, it just seems like they're saying, "Hey we didn't even like the first one! We're just using the name to sell out! Aren't we awesome!?" I hate this. and No mars? This had made me sad
Does saying it's nothing like the original? To me, it just seems like they're saying, "Hey we didn't even like the first one! We're just using the name to sell out! Aren't we awesome!?" I hate this. and No mars? This had made me sad
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