Over the past two years, Total Recall director Len Wiseman has been very nice to Collider at Comic-Con by giving us two extended video interviews. Last year, Wiseman revealed that the three-breasted woman would be in the movie and talked about the differences between his remake and the original. This year, Wiseman told us that while he’s very happy with the theatrical cut of Total Recall that runs around an hour and fifty minutes long, the Blu-ray will have a director’s cut that includes 17 minutes of additional footage. Per Wiseman, the director’s cut spends more time on “the fantasy vs. reality and the kind of chess game that is played.” He adds:
“There are scenes where it really comes into question about questioning his whole reality: I love that game, that’s why I did this movie. So there’s a lot more of that, so it often can feel like, ‘Is it repeating?’ I personally don’t feel like it is, I feel like it’s really diving in and really just chewing on it for a while, so I’m fascinated by that.”
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The Top Cow comic series The Darkness is getting the big screen treatment. Sources tell us that Regency is nearing a deal to obtain the feature film rights to the comic with producers David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman (The Fighter, The Muppets). Moreover, Total Recall director and “godfather” of the Underworld series Len Wiseman would produce the film. Mandeville’s David Manpearl will also be involved and Top Cow’s Marc Silvestri and Matt Hawkins will be Executive Producing.
Created by David Wohl, Marc Silvestri, and Garth Ennis, the mythologically dense comic first appeared in 1996 and centers on an ageless power called “The Darkness.” The primordial force has been at war with its equal and opposite, The Angelus, since creation, and takes root in male hosts. Awakened at the host’s 21st birthday, The Darkness allows its host to create and control anything he desires, including sentient beings. Hit the jump for more.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead has signed on to star in The Darkness, a thriller that Daniel Stamm (The Last Exorcism) will direct. The script by Megan Holley (Sunshine Cleaning) is loosely based on the Henry James novel Turn of the Screw. The story follows “a young American student working for a charismatic tutor in an English manor house who becomes convinced that she and the children she is warding are being haunted.” Joe Neurauter and Felipe Marino (Peep World) will produce alongside Ben Forkner (The Killing Room). According to Screen Daily, The Darkness will shoot in Europe this summer. Winstead is coming off stellar Sundance buzz for her performance in Smashed, and will next be seen in the June 22 release Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
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With Comic-Con just around the corner, now is the time to get anything that is comic related out into the open. That in mind, the latest in a flurry of news is that Mandeville Films wants to adapt Top Cow’s The Darkness into a live-action film. The popular comic has had many false starts in Hollywood, but Mandeville thinks the time is finally right. 24 Frames confirmed the deal and reports that the Walt Disney-affiliated production house is ready to diversify and build on the success of last year’s The Fighter and their upcoming release of The Muppets. With over 115 books and 25 million copies sold, The Darkness has a dedicated following that has already led to a successful video game and upcoming sequel in October. For more on the property and an introduction to what The Darkness is all about, hit the jump.