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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During the interview, Wiseman talked about the music in Total Recall, how he just finished the film, the differences between the director’s cut and the theatrical cut, what he learned from his first friends and family screening, if he knows what he’s doing next, how he’s going to produce The Darkness and more.
Here’s the time index so you can watch the parts that interest you followed by the interview.
Len Wiseman Time Index
- :15 Talks about how his interview with Steve at last year’s Comic-Con—where he revealed that the three-breasted woman would appear—spread like wildfire.
- 1:17 What’s it like to be completely finished with the movie? Says he slept for about 32 hours straight once he was done.
- 2:13 The music of the film. He’s not much of a fan of using pre-existing tracks in his movies, so it’s score-based.
- 3:21 The running time of the film. Says it’s 1 hour and 49 minutes or so.
- 3:50 Says his original cut was 2 hours and 20 minutes.
“To be completely honest, I’m into as many layers as you could possibly put in so there’s more complexity within a first director’s pass, and that’s what causes the 2 hours and 20 minutes. I just finished my director’s cut as well, which Sony was very cool about, ‘cause it’s no cheap thing to put together either so they really have to support it. That’s closer to the 2 hours and 20 minutes that I originally had.”
“This is more of a director’s cut, this is closer to my original cut. I’m not saying anything that’s unknown, but movies are always cut down and there’s a lot of complexity within the film that is not always widely accepted by the general audience, which is just a reality; a movie of a certain size, they don’t want people to be too—it’s a balance of how deep to keep going with these ideas.”
- 6:22 Talks more about the differences between a director’s cut and the theatrical cut:
“Whenever you see a director’s cut, how many times do you see a director’s cut and it’s like, ‘All the action put back in!’ Doesn’t happen. It’s always from a director’s point of view, from a storyteller—usually—of all the scenes that you wanted to continue, to just expand on them a little bit more. I’m fascinated by the dilemma of the fantasy vs. reality and the kind of chess game that is played. 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.”
- 7:40 Says the director’s cut is about 17 minutes longer than the theatrical cut.
- 8:01 What did he learn from his first friends and family screening? Says he had a studio screening and then screenings for some friends that he trusts like Alex Kurtzman and Simon Field.
- 9:40 Does he know what he’s doing next? Says he’d like to get back to doing some of his original work, and he’s also got some producing projects. Talks a bit about producing The Darkness.