So yeah, I guess this Total Recall remake is really happening. I'm not happy about it, and I can't entirely imagine Len Wiseman (Die Hard with a Vengeance) making a film with the same levels of intelligence and wit as Paul Verhoeven's original Arnold Schwarzenegger classic. On the upside, since Len Wiseman is not a subtle man, we may get a lot more prostitutes with three breasts. On the downside, it's the 21st Century, so they'll all have to covered up to secure a PG-13 rating. On the upside, it looks like Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) will be playing the villain, Vilos Cohaagen. On the downside… Huh. Actually that Bryan Cranston thing is pretty cool…
Hollywood Reporter's got the scoop on Cranston's negotiations for the part. He's an excellent actor, and he'll be playing against the sometimes genuinely excellent actor Colin Farrell (In Bruges) in the lead role of Douglas Quaid, a normal guy who hires the services of 'Rekall, Inc.' – a travel agency that offers to install the memories of a vacation in your brain without all the hassle of actually taking one – which unlocks previously rewritten memories in his brain. The new film, like the original, is based on the short story We Can Remember It For You Wholesale by sci-fi master Philip K. Dick. The article details some of the differences between the remake and the original, including a new focus on espionage, as Quaid begins to suspect he's some kind of superspy caught between the interplanetary superpowers of Euromerica and New Shanghai.
Sounds… Different. We'll wait and see, and sigh deeply until then.
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