The Len Wiseman-directed remake / new version of Total Recall already has Colin Farrell as the lead character, and Bryan Cranston as the antagonist. We know there are two big female roles to cast, Lori, the main character’s wife, and Melina, whom he encounters as the story goes on. They were originally played in the Paul Verhoeven/Arnold Schwarzenegger version by, respectively, Sharon Stone and Rachel Ticotin.
We know that a long list of actresses has been in contention for two parts in the new version that roughly correspond to their counterparts in the previous film. Now it looks like Jessica Biel will land one of the two parts. Read More »
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What will it take to make the Total Recall remake look like a good idea? Casting Colin Farrell in the lead is a good move, while hiring Len Wiseman (Underworld, Live Free or Die Hard) to direct doesn’t inspire quite the same good will. We’ve known little else about the film, but now Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Drive) is in negotiations to play the film’s bad guy. Read More »
Behind every man on a mental mission to Mars is a good woman. Or, in the case of Douglas Quaid in Total Recall, a good and a bad woman. As director Len Wiseman preps his Summer 2012 remake of the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger/Paul Verhoeven film set to star Colin Farrell in the lead, the next big step is bringing those women to life. The two man roles are Quaid’s wife Lori, who was originally played by Sharon Stone, and his female counterpart on Mars, Melinda, originally played by Rachel Ticotin. According to Deadline, several major actresses are currently reading for both roles including Kate Bosworth and Diane Kruger for Lori and Eva Mendes, Paula Patton, Jessica Biel and Eva Green for Melinda. Read more after the break. Read More »
Today Sony/Columbia has announced and/or confirmed three films, complete with release dates. The new version of Total Recall, to be directed by Len Wiseman starring Colin Farrell, will have an August 3, 2012 release. Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg are definitely teaming as father and son for I Hate You, Dad (previously reported as a possibility), which will hit on June 22, 2012. And the Kevin James MMA film we’ve talked about a couple of times gets a title, Here Comes the Boom, and a release date of July 27, 2012. More info on each film after the break. Read More »
When Colin Farrell was replaced by Robert Pattinson in David Cronenberg’s film Cosmopolis, it seemed safe to assume that Farrell was taking the lead in the Len Wiseman-directed remake of Total Recall. But in an interview shortly afterward, Farrell hedged on the question.
Now producer Neal Moritz has confirmed that the actor is leading the cast, and given out some more info on the film as well. Read More »
The ‘offer’ story is one of the more useless developments in the movie news business. Because offers go out all the time, and the reason we don’t hear about most of them is that they’re meaningless as news. The offer is part of the process of getting a film made, but until it actually turns into an actor making a deal with a part it isn’t really news. (Even the most famous offer stories, like David Lynch and Return of the Jedi, are only worth a damn as footnote trivia.)
But this one is a little better, because not only has Colin Farrell been offered the lead in the Len Wiseman-directed remake of Total Recall, he’s begun negotiations to take it. Read More »
Len Wiseman is in final negotiations to direct a “contemporized adaptation” of Total Recall, which was based on the story, “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick – the book that spawned the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger film. Last year, Columbia Pictures hired Kurt Wimmer to pen the remake. Neal H. Moritz will produce through his Original Film banner (yes, a company called Original Films is in the remake business).
I’m not one of those people that think a Total Recall remake has to be aweful, but signing Wiseman to helm said remake gives me less faith that it is achievable. Read More »
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In March 2007, New Line Cinema announced they would be making a big screen adaptation of Microsoft’s popular video game Gears of War. Collateral and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl screenwriter Stuart Beattie was hired to pen a script after turning in a 21-page treatment. A few months later Live Free or Die Hard helmer Len Wiseman came aboard the project to direct. Wiseman worked on the script with Wanted scribe Chris Morgan for a year, before moving on to Billy Ray (Breach, Shattered Glass).
LA Times now reports that Wiseman is moving on, after having the budget slashed in half. He is now officially signed on to direct the apocalyptic thriller Nocturne, a project he was developing for 20th Century Fox.
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