Kurt Wimmer Hired to Write the Total Recall Remake
by Alex Billington
June 3, 2009
When we announced back in February that Total Recall was being rebooted, no writer or directed was attached yet. However, Columbia has now hired Kurt Wimmer to write the remake. Wimmer previously wrote Sphere, The Thomas Crown Affair, The Recruit, and Street Kings, and both wrote and directed Equilibrium and Ultraviolet. Producer Neal Moritz is developing this remake as a contemporary adaptation of the movie based on the Philip K. Dick story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale." Columbia secured remake rights from Miramax, which has the option to co-finance the project when it's ready to shoot.
There's nothing really in Wimmer's filmography that makes me feel confident that it's him who is writing this. Sure, Equilibrium is a fun movie, but the writing wasn't that great. The original Total Recall was directed by Paul Verhoeven, who is responsible for a lot of the crazy visuals in it. I'm doubt any of that will be brought over in this version as I'm already expecting a bland PG-13 action movie, which is unfortunate considering the first one was R-rated and had violence galore. As long as Wimmer goes back to Philip K. Dick's original story, than maybe this won't be a complete disaster. Now they just need a great director.