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Columbia Pictures has hired Equilibrium and Ultraviolet scribe Kurt Wimmer to pen a remake of Total Recall (which was first announced in February). Wimmer recently worked with the studio on the Angelina Jolie spy thriller Salt, and co-wrote the F. Gary Gray-directed Law Abiding Citizen.

Neal Moritz is producing the movie under his Original Films banner (yes, a company called Original Films is in the remake business). Not much is known about the new film, other than that the story will be a more “contemporized” adaptation of Philip K Dick’s story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, the book that spawned the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger film.
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Jamie Foxx is in final talks to join Frank Darabont‘s Law Abiding Citizen, a psychological thriller about a criminal mastermind/victim of the legal system who controls a city from the confines of his prison cell. As a result of a plea bargain, one of his wife and daughter’s murderers will be set free, and he is now out to unleash revenge on the killers. Gerard Butler plays the successful assistant D.A. who stands in his way.

Darabont collaborated with Equilibrium scribe Kurt Wimmer on the script. Darabont has been nominated for for three Academy Awards for his Stephen King adaptations The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption. His 2007 adaptation of The mist was not as well received. I’m guessing that Citizen won’t require horribly rendered computer generated creature effects, although I could be wrong. The plot synopsis for the project has changed twice, and I’m not even sure if the current version I’ve printed above is accurate.

source: THR

Angelina Jolie Replaces Tom Cruise


Yes, you read the headline correctly. Angelina Jolie has officially replaced Tom Cruise in Philip Noyce‘s upcoming thriller Edwin A. Salt. Kurt Wimmer‘s screenplay follows a CIA officer who is fingered as a Russian sleeper spy, and must eludes capture while proving that someone else is the traitor. The script will be redrafted to account for the gender change, and the project will be retitled (likely with the name of Jolie’s character). In Wimmer’s original draft, Salt is described as an friendly everyman. I’m guessing that this aspect might also change in the Jolie rewrite – I mean, who is going to confuse Jolie for the “everywoman”? The project has been circled by a few big name stars and appeared on the coveted 2007 black list.

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Coming Soon had a chance to speak with producer Michael De Luca (21, Ghost Rider) and he passed along news that a Metal Gear Solid movie, based off the long-running hit espionage video game franchise, is once again going ahead. The project has been in the very early stages for sometime (see eerily similar Slashfilm post from Feb ’07), and faced a set back from the writer’s strike. Moreover, De Luca says that a meeting will take place in the “next few weeks” with writer/director Kurt Wimmer about adapting a screenplay for the film.

Though De Luca didn’t directly state it, this probably means that Wimmer is also up to direct the big budget affair, as his previous films, Equilibrium starring Christian Bale and Ultraviolet starring Millo Jovovich, were similar fanboy-intensive, kinetic action/genre flicks. Neither one of those films connected at the box office, however, so MGS would be the director’s closest shot at bagging a sure thing, the whole video game curse notwithstanding. Wimmer’s next screenplay to hit the big screen will be April’s LAPD thriller Street Kings with Keanu Reeves.

Video game synopsis: Metal Gear Solid follows Solid Snake, a retired soldier who infiltrates a nuclear weapons disposal facility to neutralize the terrorist threat from FOXHOUND, a renegade special forces unit.

Discuss: Do you guys want Wimmer to direct Metal Gear Solid? I’m okay with it if he tones down some of the signature slick flashiness. What matters most to a MGS film, I feel, is the actor playing Solid Snake. Any suggestions? Is this the video game-movie holy grail, and if not, what is?

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