Wimmer Scripting Total Recall Redux

Sure, it sounds like good news at first. Kurt Wimmer, the man responsible for the inexplicable cult favorite Equilibrium (and Ultraviolet, too, just to prove he’s not infallible), is attached to write a remake of Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 classic Total Recall.

No word yet on if he might be tapped to direct as well, but the material is probably a solid fit given Wimmer’s nice eye for the visuals, even if his stories are a pretty sorry state of affairs.

But The Hollywood Reporter tells us that uber-producer Neal H. Moritz will be the back office man responsible for bringing this rehash to the big screen. If you don’t know Moritz, consider yourself lucky. Prom Night 2008 and I Am Legend are just two of his masterful contributions to the genre. And if you want to really depress yourself, just check out the IMDb for his full resume. Yikes.

Total Recall

Oh yeah, back to Total Recall: Columbia Pictures isn’t talking when it comes to the new take, calling it a “contemporized adaptation” and saying nothing more. It’ll be interesting to see where this project goes, considering they don’t necessarily have the Phillip K. Dick source material to fall back on, as the short story, We Can Remember It For You Wholesale was utilized in Verhoeven’s film. Expect this new version to chart some of its own territory although, given the director’s catalogue, the chances of him crafting another stylized action flick are fairly good. We’ll just have to wait and see if it measures up to Paul’s ultra-violent epic.


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  • Chainsaw

    Jeez, Moritz looks like he’s produced half of the catalog of Hollywood of the last 20 years. The guy’s prolific, i’ll give him that.

  • The Phantom Stranger

    I just checked out Wimmer’s other credits on IMDB. Really nothing special there. I hated Ultraviolet, and thought that Equilibruim was pretty silly. And, according to IMDB, he’s rumoured to be directing the Metal Gear Solid Movie.

    But yea, it never fails to amaze/disappoint me when you see people who continue to make crap get the opportunity to add more to the steaming pile.

    Total Recall not a good movie????????????


  • Gus Bjork

    Okay I’m just throwing this out there.

    Total Recall was not a good movie.


  • LSD Zombie

    I’ll say again, how the fuck do shitty writers/directors get their fucking hands on good titles?! Where are the people with actual talent?! Can they not get their foot in the door?


    • Emy

      The talented people are usually busy working on original material and thus not getting produced unless they really need the paycheck to be able to survive, then they’ll do a remake.

      Obviously, there are exceptions to this…