April 20, 2014

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“Total Recall” New Trailer

HollywoodNews.com: Total Recall is an action thriller about reality and memory, inspired anew by the famous short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick.
Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), even though he’s got a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life – real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man.
Finding himself on the run from the police – controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston), the leader of the free world – Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) to find the head of the underground resistance (Bill Nighy) and stop Cohaagen. The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate.

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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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Len Wiseman in final negotiations to direct ‘Total Recall’

HollywoodNews.com: Len Wiseman is in final negotiations to direct Columbia Pictures’ “Total Recall,” it was announced today by Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach, presidents of Columbia Pictures. The film will be a new, contemporized adaptation of “Total Recall,” which was based on the story, “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick. Kurt Wimmer is writing the screenplay. Neal H. Moritz will produce through his Original Film banner.
Commenting on the announcement, Tolmach said, “Len has an incredible love of the genre and a great gift for action. He’ll bring a contemporary feel to the film while taking care with everything we love about Philip K. Dick’s original story.”
Moritz said, “I have been trying for years to work with Len and fortunately we finally found a great project that he loves as much as we do. Len is terrifically talented and we know he is the right director to re-imagine Total Recall for a new generation of fans.”
Wiseman added, “I’ve always been fascinated with Philip K. Dick’s short story, and I’m excited at that prospect of diving even deeper into the type of world it evokes and the questions it asks. I love that the most crucial mystery our character is trying to solve is the one of his own soul.”
Toby Jaffe will oversee production on behalf of Original Film. Tolmach and Sam Dickerman are overseeing the project on behalf of the studio. Columbia Pictures secured the rights to Total Recall from Miramax. Wiseman is represented by ICM and attorney Howard Abramson.
Len Wiseman began his career in the art department on the blockbuster films “Godzilla,” “Stargate,” “Men in Black,” and “Independence Day.” With his natural visual flair and eye for design, he was soon behind the lens directing commercials for PlayStation, Time Warner, Oracle, Intel and Activision, which quickly lead to a career in music videos, working with such artists as Quarashi, Rufus Wainwright, Megadeath, En Vogue, Static X, Paul Oakenfold, and Brooke Allison.
Wiseman went on to write and direct “Underworld,” which was so well received that he went on to direct “Underworld: Evolution,” a film he also executive produced. He went on to produce “Underworld: Rise of the Lycans.” His next directing project was the blockbuster hit “Live Free or Die Hard.”
He most recently directed the pilot for “Hawaii Five-O” and is co-writer and producer of the upcoming [...]