Thursday, February 26, 2009

Hollywood may remake the film Total Recall

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a team in Tinseltown is in final negotiations to produce and develop a “contemporary version” of Total Recall, the 1990 SF action film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone.

The original film, which is based on the Philip K. Dick story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" (1966), “follows a man haunted by a recurring dream of journeying to Mars who buys a literal dream vacation from a company called Rekall Inc., which sells implanted memories. The man comes to believe he is a secret agent and ends up on a Martian colony, where he fights to overthrow a despotic ruler controlling the production of air. The movie explores one of Dick's favorite topics, reality vs. delusion, as audiences never knew whether or not the story was a dream.”

PKD's "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" was reprinted in Fourth Planet from the Sun: Tales of Mars from The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (2005), an excellent anthology edited by Gordon Van Gelder.

4 comments:

K.E. said...

Don't forget the Piers Anthony novelization of "Total Recall," too...

Paul said...

Thanks, I wasn't aware there was a novelization!

K.E. said...

Indeed... when I bought the book, it was in hardcover form and it came out before the movie... when I read it, I didn't know there was a movie in the works, but I remember thinking it would make a cool movie. (Alas, the movie wasn't as good as it could have been, but it was certainly fun).

Paul said...

In retrospect, I agree, the movie could have been better. I loved it at the time, but it doesn't hold up too well 20 years later. Blade Runner is off-topic, but that movie just gets better over the course of time.