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.
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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