Paul Verhoeven's Total Recall Also Being Rebooted
by Alex Billington
February 26, 2009
When I was younger I remember hearing a lot about Total Recall and how insane the special effects were and how disgusting some of the scenes were (it originally got an X rating). It took me a while to finally watch it, after having been first inundated with all things Paul Verhoeven by way of Starship Troopers and RoboCop, and I wasn't that impressed. It was good fun and all, but it wasn't as brilliant as those two other Verhoeven sci-fi flicks. Lo and behold, its time has come, and now it's being remade. Power producer Neal H. Moritz is currently developing a "contemporary version" of Total Recall at Columbia Pictures.
Total Recall is one of only a handful of films (Blade Runner being another) based on a short story by sci-fi author Philip K. Dick. "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" follows a man haunted by a recurring dream of journeying to Mars who buys a literal dream vacation from a company called Rekall Inc., which sells implanted memories. The man comes to believe he is a secret agent and ends up on a Martian colony, where he fights to overthrow a despotic ruler controlling the production of air. The movie explores one of PKD's favorite topics, reality vs delusion, as audiences never knew whether or not the story was a dream.
No word on who will be adapting and updating the screenplay or who might direct, but Moritz did say that he hopes "advancements in technology and state-of-the-art visual effects can help tell the Recall story in a fresh way." Whereas our other writer Brandon was actually excited about seeing The NeverEnding Story remade, I'm just as excited about seeing Total Recall remade. Though I doubt it'll have the same gritty Paul Verhoeven look and visual effects, which are part of what make that movie a classic in my mind. Either way, I'm probably as excited to see this as I am to see the upcoming Clash of the Titans remake as well.