Monday, January 23, 2012

Production Update on Total Recall from its Director

Total Recall

A week or so ago Sony Pictures released a synopsis of its remake of Total Recall, offering little in the way of saying what might be new or different about this new film (as compared to, say, the original).

Over the weekend the film's director, Len Wiseman, had a bit more to say about it, suggesting it may be less of a remake of the 1990 sci-fi thriller and more of a new interpretation of the original source material, the short story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale".

"[G]oing back into the Philip K. Dick story, you realize there is so much to be discussed about the dual stories," Wiseman said. "There's the reality story and there's the fantasy element. They're running parallel together, so you always have to keep those two alive. That's the inherent nature of the concept and what makes the concept so cool. … [T]he dual nature of the story was the best thing about this."

He had this to say about where he is in the production: "I'm very close to handing over my cut. It's going really well. The combination of mystery and emotion and action, it's coming together. Colin [Farrell] is a large part of that and I'm really happy with him."

Total Recall — which stars Colin Farrell as factory worker Douglas Quaid, who finds himself on the run from police when a mind-trip goes wrong — opens in theaters August 3rd, 2012.

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