'Total Recall' Remake Gets An Official Mars-Free Plot Synopsis

All's been quiet on the Total Recall front as of late. The last post we put up regarding the Len Wiseman-directed reboot starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston and John Cho, was a few set videos of hover crafts from the film. That was September. Now it's January, the film is eight months away and Sony has released an official plot synopsis. Though we knew many of these details – i.e. There's no Mars – it's still pretty revealing. 

Here's the official plot synopsis for Len Wiseman's Total Recall, out August 3.

"Total Recall" is an action thriller about reality and memory, inspired anew by the famous short story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale" by Philip K. Dick. Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), even though he's got a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life – real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. Finding himself on the run from the police – controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston), the leader of the free world – Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) to find the head of the underground resistance (Bill Nighy) and stop Cohaagen. The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate.

The words "inspired anew" made me smile. Minus the interplanetary travel, it pretty much sounds like the exact same movie as Paul Verhoeven's original. Maybe you don't need Mars? Possibly? I'm trying to convince myself here.

The footage we saw at Comic-Con in July was kind of cool though so, hopefully, once we get a trailer, people will start getting more excited for this film. I don't recall (get it?) seeing it on many anticipated lists.

Source: Geek Tyrant