In the long line of 80s-films-that-probably-have-no-reason-to-be-remade is Len Wiseman’s (Live Free or Die Hard) update on the Philip K. Dick short story “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale”, better known as Total Recall. According to Variety, Sony has offered the lead role to none other than Colin Farrell (In Bruges), suggesting Wiseman and the studio are planning a decidedly different take on Dick’s original concept. Farrell has been rumored for the role for a few weeks now, along with Tom Hardy (Inception) and Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds). Farrell previously appeared in Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report which was based on the Philip K. Dick story “The Minority Report”.
As most of you probably know, the original Total Recall starred a pre-Terminator 2 Ah-nold Schwarzenegger, along with a very sexy Sharon Stone, and was directed by Paul Verhoeven as only Paul Verhoeven can direct – i.e., lots of violence, sex and gore. The 1990 film was a critical and box office success, and went on to win the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects (Special Achievement Award).