‘Total Recall’ Lead Offered to Colin Farrell

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 »

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There have been a great many terrible and/or forgettable film adaptations of stories by speculative fiction master Philip K. Dick. One of the few PKD films that became a legend in its own right — even if it isn’t a very faithful adaptation, or perhaps because of that fact — is Ridley Scott‘s Blade Runner. So the news that Mr. Scott is producing a 4-hour BBC miniseries based on Philip K. Dick’s novel The Man in the High Castle is one of the few occasions where the possibility of seeing another of Mr. Dick’s books onscreen seems more promising than not. Read More »

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There are a few Disney project updates today. First up, the release of Monsters Inc. 2 has been pulled up by two weeks to avoid competition with the final film in the Twilight series. The new date for the Pixar sequel is November 2, 2012. That’ll give it two weeks before Twilight opens, but Pixar should be able to hold its own after having a couple weeks to establish a beachhead.

After the break, slightly meatier updates on Beauty and the Beast 3D and King of the Elves. Read More »

First Look: The Adjustment Bureau

Universal Pictures has released the first two photos from George Nolfi’s The Adjustment Bureau.  The movie is a sci-fi romance based on the Philip K Dick short story The Adjustment Team. The movie follows an affair between a politician and a ballerina, which is “affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart.”

The film stars Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie, John Slattery, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Michael Kelly and Terence Stamp. Take a look at the first two photos after the jump, and you too, can discover what Damon and Blunt are looking at. The movie hits theaters in late July, so we should expect to see a trailer sooner than later. Possibly attached to Universal/Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood? But that is just a guess…

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Google have decided to call their new cellphone the Nexus One which suggests it’s a full five… er… Nexuses not as good as those naughty Replicants that gave Rick Deckard such trouble in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, filmed as Blade Runner. This comparison has not been lost on the estate of author Philip K. Dick who have launched a law suit against the company.

There are a great many other products and companies called Nexus this and Nexus that, from a Tyne and Wear subway system to a manufacturer of “custom designed plugs, jacks and switches”. The difference here is that Google have gone for Nexus ‘Number’ and, according to The Wall Street Journal, “the association between the phone and the book are cemented by the fact that the Nexus One runs Google’s Android operating system”. Yes – Android. I think that word is in the book too. Tsk.

Okay, so Google probably are trying to foster associations to Sheep but, really, isn’t this just a vague nod, never likely to confuse consumers into assuming an official endorsement? Should they really be forced to stump up heaps of cash for it? It’s not like a clothing manufacturer hawking Substance D branded “scramble” suits.

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Nakatomi has released “The White Dragon”, a new print inspired by Ridley Scott‘s Blade Runner. This print is a collaboration by artist Tim Doyle and colorist Nick Derington, the lead animator on Richard Linklater’s adaptation of another Philip K. Dick adaptation, A Scanner, Darkly.

“He Say you a BRADE RUNNAH!” Measuring 12×24, this 4 color print is printed with color overlays and silver metallic rain in an edition of 120. Each print is hand numbered and signed by both artists. Hand printed by Doyle at the Nakatomi Print Labs for $30. The art print is also available in a glow-in-the-dark variant. Measuring 12×24, this 5 color print is printed with color overlays and silver metallic rain in an edition of 30. All the white areas glow, as well as faintly on the blue. Each print is hand numbered and signed by both artists, available for $50.

The reason why I love this print is that Doyle was able to accurately capture the famous scene from Scott’s sci-fi classic, even though much of the city production design doesn’t appear within the film frame, and possibly doesn’t even exist. After the jump I’ve included freeze frames from Blade Runner showing you what Doyle had to work with, which should make you appreciate this art print even more. Check out the full print design after the jump.

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Despite there still being no public announcement of a US distribution deal for The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Terry Gilliam is still very busy with publicity for the film as well as planning for next year’s second attempt at The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. I’m in hog heaven reading, watching and listening to all of the interviews that are piling up and only hope I can see The Imaginarium sooner rather than later.

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Gimme Remakes: Total Recall Recalled Back to Theaters

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Earlier today, /Film’s Brendon Connelly reported on a new Matt Damon movie based loosely on a short story by one of the most important and precocious authors of all time, Philip K. Dick, and now, well, THIS. Columbia Pictures and producer Neal H. Moritz (I Am Legend, The Green Hornet, The Skulls III) have tossed Paul Verhoeven‘s Total Recall on the remake block under the pretense that today’s leaps in special effects will make it worthwhile. What, no 3D bait? No news on a director or writer. The original 1990 film starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone and is regarded as an above-par and faithfully bonkers adaptation of the late sci-fi writer’s short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale.” We can still remember it pretty well via Netflix or Wikipedia, thanks anyway.

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