Colin Farrell Confirmed for Len Wiseman's 'Total Recall' Remake
Last October we found out that the gestating remake of 90's sci-fi favorite Total Recall, with Len Wiseman attached to direct, had three contenders for the lead. They included: Colin Farrell, Tom Hardy and Michael Fassbender. Now word from Collider, who spoke with producer Neal Moritz while he was promoting Green Hornet, confirms Colin Farrell for the new adaptation of Philip K. Dick's short story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale. In addition, the producer revealed the film would not go the 3D route and the adaptation would be much more loyal to Dick's classic short story. Find out a few more details on the project below.
As if we expected any less, Moritz said this will be a big scale movie, and is definitely being considered a tentpole release. As far as staying more true to PKD's original story (get it on Amazon), the producer says, "it's closer to the book, the big difference is we don't go to space. Instead of it being a spaceship that takes us to another planet, there's something that takes us from one side of the planet to another that's really interesting." Huh? This new take on the story apparently includes a "great twist" - let's hope they don't twist too much. Moritz also opened up about the world Wiseman is creating for the adaptation:
"I think the world that Len Wiseman is creating is incredible. It's a real world, a real future world, where the cities have just gotten so overcrowded that the cities are just built up, up, up, up. It's just everything I see on the movie, every pre-vis I see on the movie, every conceptual drawing on this movie that I see just makes me more and more excited. We're playing it like a real world, but there's all these technological advancements to the real world, and it's just really, it's cool. It's an awesome movie. I'm dying—as a fan of movies, more than anything, it's a movie that I'm just dying to see."
It's always good to hear a big-time producer like Moritz get so giddy about a project like this, but then again he doesn't really have the best track record with quality. On my end, count me cautiously optimistic that a great sci-fi film like Total Recall can be remade into a comparable or even greater action flick. While Farrell wasn't my top choice, it seems like the actor has been taking on a lot more higher profile projects as of late, which is pretty damn cool to see because he's not bad in those roles. Also, it sounds like we know the reason why Robert Pattinson ended up replacing him on David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis. What do you think of Colin Farrell leading the new Total Recall?