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It's Total Recall All Over Again
Kurt Wimmer gets his ass to Mars

03 June 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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It was a few months ago that word came out that a Total Recall remake was in the works. Now comes the news that Kurt Wimmer, he of Equilibrium and Ultraviolet, has signed up to write the do-over - something that we're told will be a "contemporised adaptation" of the Philip K. Dick story We Can Remember It For You Wholesale*.

Is this a good thing? Well, we here at Empire are big Equilibrium apologists, even if none of us can muster any love for Ultraviolet. And Wimmer's history as a screenwriter is stronger: he's recently been working on Angelina Jolie-starrer Salt and scripted the really rather good The Thomas Crown Affair remake. If he signs on to direct, however, we're going to need evidence that he's moved a long way on from that Milla Jovovich effort.

It remains to be seen if this will bear any resemblance whatsoever to Dick's story - the last one certainly didn't - but as long as it has a lady with three boobs in it, we're sure that people will still turn out in droves to see it.

*Best title ever? Even by Dickian standards? We think so.

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Your Comments

RE: Oh dear...
L: cluesy Oh crap, oh poo and why? Poor Total Recall and even more woe for Dick. sp; Turtle Recall More

Posted by Mason Verger at 12:01 on 07 June 2009 | Report This Post

RE: This can't be true.
Total Recal stinks in places...come on.......some of the mutants are just silly. PKD deserves about The 3 stigmata of Palmer Eldritch or Now wait for last year rather than recycling? Doesn't anyone in the movie business read books? More

Posted by FGT at 15:09 on 04 June 2009 | Report This Post

This can't be true.
I don't like remake. Pls stop remaking. More

Posted by Eyeshield21 at 10:21 on 04 June 2009 | Report This Post

I've said it before, and I'll say it again...
...Total Recall is as faithful an adaptation of the story as it's possible to get. In the sense that the story is very, very short and basically just a character and concept that starts and ends, with next to no plot. Any adaptation that lasts more than ten minutes will have to concoct an awful lot of extra stuff to fill out the running time. Total Recall - wonderful, brilliant film, by the way - is tonally and conceptually spot on as far as Dick adaptations go. In other words, just like Dick's More

Posted by MadMatt at 23:47 on 03 June 2009 | Report This Post

Equilibrium is still the best B-action movie ever created. More

Posted by Bluehawk at 22:04 on 03 June 2009 | Report This Post

To Empire
Dear Empire Magazine. You pride yourseves as lovers of film. I challenge you NOT to cover remakes of films that are nothing more than a cash-in. YOU need to support a move to get Hollywood to make original movies. Will you have the balls to do this? Will you telll Hollyood that you are not interested in remakes? More

Posted by gss131 at 21:11 on 03 June 2009 | Report This Post

For those who want to remake Total Recall - screw you More

Posted by VijayUK at 13:56 on 03 June 2009 | Report This Post

Why Call It Total Recall...
If it's a "contemporised adaptation" of the source material? There would not be nearly as much fuss about this particular "re-make" if they didn't call it Total Recall, because then it wouldn't be a "re-make" at all! It'd be another take on the story. I understand name recognition and all that, but surely they're just setting themselves up for a kicking when they force people to compare it to the terrific Schwarzenegger version which is still fresh in everyone's min More

Posted by chizmund at 13:50 on 03 June 2009 | Report This Post

I'm remaking my own bile as I type a response. There were original ideas once. More

Posted by Tom Sanderson at 13:46 on 03 June 2009 | Report This Post

Not all remakes are a bad idea...
I can understand the frustration when a favourite movie is getting the remake/reboot/re-imagining/redux/re-newbuzzword, but please, get some perspective and realise that not all remakes are bad. I've argued the cause for remakes plenty times in the past, and for every Psycho, there is a Man on Fire, for every Planet of the Apes, there is a The Thing. If remakes/reboots were outlawed, which I've heard plenty of people demand in the past, we would have missed out on movies like the ones I've More

Posted by Draven Cage at 13:33 on 03 June 2009 | Report This Post

RE: It's Total Recall All Over Again
Ha ha ha ha ha. Fucking hah. More

Posted by Kazuya at 12:49 on 03 June 2009 | Report This Post

RE: oh dear god...
I know, it's just depressing how lacking in originality studios are these days . . . More

Posted by Anduril666 at 12:23 on 03 June 2009 | Report This Post

oh dear god...
oh dear god please stop remaking films.... every day is a new remake, rehash, reboot... More

Posted by bjgr at 12:14 on 03 June 2009 | Report This Post

I don't think I've read a thread with the word 'Dick' in it so much and it not send people sniggering for the hills! :) More

Posted by waltham1979 at 11:45 on 03 June 2009 | Report This Post

There is one truly brilliant idea which merits a remake, but other than that, there's no point. That idea is to make it part of the first film rather than a complete reboot (note that they haven't used that word) and make this whole second film, which appears to be disconnected at first, part of the original mind***k. More

Posted by Silvertouch at 11:14 on 03 June 2009 | Report This Post

Best title ever? No way!
"Best title ever? Even by Dickian standards?" O.K. I'll bite. I think that is a brilliant title by normal standards, ho-hum by Dickian standards. What about: "Flow My Tears The Policeman Said" or "The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike" Can anyone think of some more? There are loads... More

Posted by mungo mungo at 10:57 on 03 June 2009 | Report This Post

Equilibrium = Underrated
Equilibrium is a very underrated film, i was very surprised at the negative reviews it recieved! The action was top class and Bale was excellent. Maybe he could draft Bale on board for this and it might not be the disaster we're expecting! More

Posted by Giles83 at 10:50 on 03 June 2009 | Report This Post

Oh dear...
Oh crap, oh poo and why? Poor Total Recall and even more woe for Dick. More

Posted by cluesy at 10:46 on 03 June 2009 | Report This Post

When was the last time a day went by without yet another remake being announced?!? Jesus christ. . . More

Posted by Anduril666 at 10:37 on 03 June 2009 | Report This Post

It is a good title, Helen...
But I still think Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is the title which best sums Dick up. That and Valis, of course. If they're going to reboot such things, i'd like faithful adaptations of his work, rather than remakes of loose adaptations. Luc Besson to direct The Galactic Pot-Healer for instance! sorry. Me going on a PKD rant. But as Hollywood demonstrates, sometimes the only reponse to reality is to go insane. More

Posted by inkedbeatnik at 09:32 on 03 June 2009 | Report This Post

Equilibrium was pretty good...
But that's irrelevant. There's no beating Total Recall. Will he have Arnie pulling a tracking bug out of his nose while wearing a wet towel on his head? Or "twooooo weeeekssss!!!"? Doubtful. More

Posted by the ageless stranger at 09:18 on 03 June 2009 | Report This Post

Outlook not good.
The action in Equilibrium is excellent. The rest of the film is terrible. As for Ultraviolent... well. Who knows, he could do a McG and make something decent of it. More

Posted by UTB at 09:11 on 03 June 2009 | Report This Post

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