Colin Farrell Confirmed for Len Wiseman's 'Total Recall' Remake

January 9, 2011
Source: Collider

Colin Farrell

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?

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"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." That alone sells me, The original TR was good and all but I feel like a remake is in store, Phillip K. Dick deserves better than the original version. I can't wait to see this. Farrell has been picking some great roles and I'm stoked.

Anonymous on Jan 10, 2011


Arnold really was too big for this role - in stature, not celebrity. I think Farrell will pull this off nicely.

Somnambulist on Jan 10, 2011


Dr. Mr. Wiseman, Please do not bring back Johnny Cab. It took decades of therapy to release my from the nightmares of that creepy, bulbous, Honda with a human clitoris. Quato was horrifying enough, and that rebel guy with Ben-Affleck-Face made me a bit queasy; but the three-t***tied hooker and the midget with the sub-machine gun made up for it. Kinda like how Benjamin Brat acting like a goober and Dan Corteese signing The Jolly Green Giant jingle made up for the rest of Demolition Man. Best Regards, Akirakorn

Anonymous on Jan 10, 2011


Total Recall is one the greatest SciFi action movies of all time. Paul Verhoeven and Schwarzenegger at their very best. Black comedy, a clever script and shitloads of glorious over-the-top R rated action. I shutter at the thought at this being turned into a PG-13 kiddie-friendly CGI extravaganza (remember what Wiseman did to Die Hard 4). That being said:Farrell isn't the worse choice they could make. He is great actor, and a real-life bad ass.

Kenneth Peeters on Jan 10, 2011


It's not what I remember.....

cinemabandit on Jan 10, 2011


Stop with the fricken remakes and sequels!!!

John on Jan 10, 2011


no need for this. come up with some original ideas already!

growuphollywood on Jan 10, 2011


Cast Kate Winslet as his manipulative wife!

Amir Syarif Siregar on Jan 10, 2011


wiseman did shit on die hard and now he want to again with total recall...somebody stop this remake because original totalrecall is fresh yet.

Ss Pincode on Jan 10, 2011


meh dunno what to say >_>

A5J4DX on Nov 13, 2018


meh dunno what to say >_>

A5J4DX on Nov 13, 2018


if he doesn't yell "See you at the party Richter!" then this movies just not for me.

DoomCanoe on Jan 10, 2011


Meh, i thinks.

パトリツク ♬ Rip on Jan 10, 2011


Yes, the original one kicked some sweet @$$ but it's one of those movies that could still be equally good if it has a modern update. I mean, come on, I liked the movie because of the idea and Verhoeven's satirical style not because of the effects haha. Tom Hardy is definitely a nice addition, but Farrell? I don't know...

Jon A. on Jan 10, 2011


Farrell = Fail.

Ade73 on Jan 10, 2011


Farrel = Fail? and you're typing behind a computer.

Asd on Jan 10, 2011


Just make sure that the woman with the three tits is in it

Lagoya on Jan 10, 2011


I have mixed feelings about a Total Recall remake. On one hand, I love that movie, so a remake would be pretty cool to see, but on the other hand.. I love that movie, so a remake doesn't really seem necessary. Especially since it sounds like Paul Verhoeven isn't gonna have anything to do with it. Also, for some reason I have a feeling this will be rated PG-13 since big budget R-rated movies don't seem to be made very often anymore. Hopefully I'm wrong.

Luke on Jan 10, 2011


Wait a Minute. If it's closer to Philips story then it aint exactly a remake right ?

Jazz on Jan 10, 2011


Total Recall needed a remake about as much as I need cancer

Geoff on Jan 11, 2011


I can't believe they're gonna do this.... It's just sad and pathetic. There's a reason why Colin Farrell hasn't been in a movie in 8 years, he sucks. I would be against remaking this period unless it was Chris Nolan directing or something like that, but now they're just adding insult to injury with this clown Farrell. I hate seeing classics ruined like this 🙁

Anonymous on Jan 22, 2011

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