Director Len Wisemana’s remake of Total Recall won’t exactly follow the story of Paul Verhoeven’s film or Philip K. Dick’s novella We Can Remember It for You Wholesale. Wiseman’s movie will take elements from both versions to take the story in a new direction. Mars is dropped for a premise that involves nation-states Euromerica and New Shanghai at war.
Colin Farrell stars as Douglas Quaid, a factory worker who begins to think he’s a spy, although he’s confused as to which nation he’s actually spying for.
Others might be disappointed that Farrell most likely won’t shoot off one-liners like Arnold Schwarzenneger, but here’s some news: Emmy winner Bryan Cranston from Breaking Bad is cast as the antagonist Vilos Cohaagen, the leader of Euromerica who plots to invade New Shanghai.
It’s good to see Wiseman taking influences from the original film and the novella to create a new take on the plot. The main casting is strong, and Farrell has shown great interest in telling another Philip K. Dick story.