Director Len Wiseman Talks TOTAL RECALL, Building Worlds, and His Director’s Cut Which Includes 17 Minutes of Deleted Scenes

     August 6, 2012


Now playing in theaters is director Len Wiseman‘s remake of Total Recall.  Based on the short story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale by Philip K. DickTotal Recall stars Colin Farrell in the role originated by Arnold Schwarzenegger.  In the film, Farrell stars as Douglas Quaid, a man who is bored with his life (even though he’s married to Kate Beckinsale) and seeks to have adventurous memories implanted in his brain.  However, after visiting Recall, both friends and family are after him for different reasons.  But the big problem is he doesn’t know what’s real.  The film also stars Jessica BielJohn ChoBill Nighy, and Bryan Cranston.

The other day I got to speak with Len Wiseman here in Los Angeles.  We talked about the challenging shoot, the production design and building a new world, and deleted scenes.  In addition, at last month’s Comic-Con, Wiseman revealed to me that the Total Recall Blu-ray will have a director’s cut that’s 17 minutes longer.  During the recent interview Wiseman confirms that all the additional footage has been finished and talks about some of the scenes. Hit the jump to watch.

Len-Wiseman-Total-Recall-imageFinally, for my two recent interviews with Biel, here’s my Comic-Con interview and the recent junket interview.  Here’s my recent interview with Colin Farrell , Kate Beckinsale20 Things to Know about the film from my set visit, and my extended video interview with Cranston from Comic-Con and the recent one from the L.A. junket.

Len Wiseman

  • How challenging was the shoot?
  • Talks about putting together the production design with the visual effects to make it feel like the audience was on another world
  • 2:00 – Deleted scenes talk and what might be added to the director’s cut
  • 3:35 – Confirms that the 17 minutes that’s being added in for his director’s cut is going to be finished footage


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  • mattinacan

    that movie was complete shit, and no amount of deleted scenes will change that

  • Douglas Quaid

    No way, the movie was awesome. Loved the production design and the action was good. The only problem is I loved the original Total Recall and I felt like I was watching the same movie at times and I already knew what to expect. But for a remake it was great and I liked the nods to the original. And what a surprise to see the 3 breasted chick show her tatas for a PG-13 rated movie! Love it and am looking forward to the blu-ray.

  • gcm443

    Saw it last night. I thought it was cool but was disappointed considering its potential. I was really hoping for a more cerebral sci fi action movie but it was mostly just the action and confusion. Hopefully the extended version will offer more in the way of political or social commentary and some existentialism of the classic science fiction movies and be unrated so it can be closer to the original as far as violence. Maybe it can make the leap that Live Free or Die Hard did. The unrated version was one whole hell of a lot better than what was seen in theaters. Just remembered that Len Wisemen did Die Hard too lol. I have some faith.

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