Hell if I know what to make of this news. Of the whole project, actually. There’s good and bad to be found, I suppose.
First and foremost, Collider broke the story yesterday that Colin Farrell has been cast in the new version of Total Recall, based on the original short story by Philip K. Dick, We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, in an interview with producer Neil Moritz. Is this good news or bad new? Depends on which Colin Farrell we get. Actually, that’s not accurate. I believe that Farrell is an excellent actor who more often than not makes really shitty decisions. Look at his IMDB page. You’ve got In Bruges, Crazy Heart, Miami Vice (barely), Phone Booth, Minority Report, and Tigerland. That’s basically it for his good films, and I’m being generous with a couple of those. Then you’ve got movies like S.W.A.T., a film that he and Jeremy Renner both likely regret.
And yet, I can’t help liking the guy.
Anyway, he’ll play Douglas Quaid in the movie, the part most memorably played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1990 Paul Verhoeven film that was hilariously dumb. More good news is that they’re supposedly sticking closer to the novel, meaning no three-boobed hookers. The original story is pretty great, and sticking to it also means that none of it takes place on Mars (well… not exactly, anyway), which is something else that Moritz confirmed:
“It’s closer to the book, the big difference is we don’t go to space… instead of it being a spaceship that takes us to another planet, there’s something that takes us from one side of the planet to another that’s really interesting.”
Now, the down side is of course that it’s being directed by Len Wiseman, who is responsible for two entries in the incredibly disappointing Underworld franchise (again I feel the need to point you to this page for some of the most amusing comments ever) as well as the middling Live Free Or Die Hard.
Moritz seems excited about him, though, but of course he does. No producer ever interviews and says, “yeah, we’ve got a director and he’s a real bucket of shit, but hey, you know, people love him. I know, I know — people are fucking retards, but what are you gonna do, amirite?”
“I think the world that Len Wiseman is creating is incredible. It’s a real world, a real future world, where the cities have just gotten so overcrowded that the cities are just built up, up, up, up. It’s just everything I see on the movie, every pre-vis I see on the movie, every conceptual drawing on this movie that I see just makes me more and more excited. We’re playing it like a real world, but there’s all these technological advancements to the real world, and it’s just really, it’s cool. It’s an awesome movie. I’m dying—as a fan of movies, more than anything, it’s a movie that I’m just dying to see.”
Wiseman can direct the hell out of an action scene, but that’s about it. He’s like Zack Snyder with less talent or inspiration. That’s… not good, is what I’m saying.