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Colin Farrell shows off “Total Recall” at Comic-Con

By Adam Frazier
Hollywoodnews.com: As part of Sony Pictures’ Hall H presentation this week at San Diego Comic-Con, director Len Weisman introduced crowds to his remake of Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 film, “Total Recall,” a film which was loosely adapted from Philip K. Dick’s short story, “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale.”

The panel included Weisman, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston, John Cho, Kate Beckinsale and Colin Farrell, who plays Doug Quaid, the character portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger in Verhoeven’s original film.

To be clear, Weisman’s “Total Recall” is not a new adaptation of Dick’s short story — it is very much a remake of Verhoeven’s film. It appears that, for the most part, the premise and characters are the same, with some twists along the way.

The story is pretty simple: two nation states, Euromerica and New Shanghai, vie for supremacy as a factory worker (Farrell) begins to suspect that he is, in fact, a spy – though he is unaware which side of the fight he’s on. Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) will be playing the villain of Vilos Cohaagen, previously played by Ronny Cox.

The presentation, complete with unfinished footage, showcased that moment where Quaid realizes he’s a spy. Nick de Semlyen over at Empire summarized the sequence nicely. “It began with hero Douglas Quaid (not be confused with Dennis, or Randy…), played by Colin Farrell, paying a visit to the shady McClane (not to be confused with John), played by a peroxided John Cho, a merchant who sells ‘brain vacations.’

“Quaid wants to enjoy some simulated espionage, but as he’s plugged into a virtual-reality device an alarm blares. Turns out the system has determined that he’s already a spy, and a cadre of futuristic shock-troops turn up.”

Recalling “The Bourne Identity,” Quaid breaks out some serious martial arts moves he didn’t know he had and escapes through an air vent. All in all, it sounds like a pretty slick sequence, even if Ah-nold isn’t running around screaming and making things go boom-boom.

While I remain entirely skeptical of Weisman’s ability as a director (I haven’t enjoyed a single film the guy’s made), “Total Recall” has one hell of a cast — adding Bill Nighy and Ethan Hawke to the already star-studded panel.

No word yet if there will be any three-breasted mutant hookers in Weisman’s remake, but a guy can always hope, right?

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One Comment

  • July 24, 2011 | Permalink |

    “it is very much a remake of Verhoeven’s film.”

    No, it’s not a remake of Verhoeven’s film.

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