Back in October it was reported that Irish actor Colin Farrell was in talks to star in the remake of the cult sci-fi film Total Recall. The original was released in 1990 and starred Arnold Schwarzeneggar and to say that the actors look nothing alike would be an understatement. But despite their physical differences, Farrell is being primed to take over the lead in the new film based on the Philip K. Dick story.
Collider recently spoke to both Farrell and producer Neal Moritz about what we can expect from the remake. When it comes to the story, Farrell described the script as “cool” and “smart.”
“There’s a good bit of action. I don’t know that it’s… it kind of sits on the fence in a really good way. It kind of sticks to one half or the other. It’s clever. It’s clever and it’s well written. And there’s loads of action. I saw some of pre-visualizations already, that have been done for the world that they’re going to create and it’s wicked man.”
Even though they don’t go into specifics one major story bombshell was dropped from Moritz: they’re not going into space!
“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… 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.”…there’s something that takes us from one side of the planet to another that’s really interesting.”
That’s a bit of a let down and a shock. We understand that they’re trying to take their own path with this material but come on. We need to see someone’s head explode from lack of oxygen! What’s Total Recall without someone’s eyes bugging out of their head?
What do you think of Farrell starring in Total Recall? Are you upset that it won’t take place on Mars?