Friday, June 5, 2009

When the remake of Total Recall hits theaters, we’ll still be waiting for the Great Martian Movie

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Columbia Pictures has tapped screenwriter Kurt Wimmer to write the
“contemporized adaptation” of Total Recall, the 1990 SF action film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone. The original film, 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.”

Meanwhile, the website of IEEE Spectrum technology magazine has declared Total Recall (1990) the all-time best Mars movie in an awesome article titled “Waiting for the Great Martian Movie”. The article mentions quite a few films and has an interesting table in which several individuals, including Gerry Williams of The Mars Movie Guide, list their favorite Mars flicks. Also worth checking out: IEEE Spectrum’s slideshow Mars Movies: The Good, The Bad, The Ridiculous.

Pictured above: Ad for Rekall Inc.

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