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Post by Admin on Thu Oct 21, 2010 5:41 pm

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‘Total Recall’ Remake Wants Colin Farrell, Michael Fassbender, or Tom Hardy
Movie News By Cole Abaius on October 21, 2010

As Columbia Pictures moves ahead with its Total Recall Remake, it looks like the production has narrowed down its options to replace Arnold Schwarzenegger. Of course, by law, it also means that one of these lucky men will be the future governor of California.

That short list includes Colin Farrell, Michael Fassbender, and Tom Hardy (who weigh as much as Arnie did combined). Frankly, they are all fine actors, and any one of them would do a great job in what promises to be a reality-bending thriller. In fact, it’s difficult to know what truly separates these men when it comes to talent. That’s a good thing, because whoever sees their eyes bulge out of their head in an oxygen-deprived atmosphere will be facing the hurdle of screenwriter Kurt Wimmer (who most recently had the decidedly uncomplex Salt and Law Abiding Citizen see screens) and the directorial mediocrity of Len Wiseman (Live Free or Die Hard, Underworld: Evolution). [THR]
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Colin Farrell On Deck With Michael Fassbender & Tom Hardy For ‘Total Recall’ Remake?
Published on October 21, 2010 by John Luchetti

Colin Farrell may be looking to reinvigorate his once thriving ‘tough guy’ career that he started in films such as SWAT and Daredevil before his budding blockbuster career started fizzling out by taking on the lead role in the upcoming Total Recall remake. Farrell has spent the last four years performing in riskier films and has garnered a significant amount of respect for his acting, thus, he seems an odd fit for this project. Len Wiseman (Underworld, Live Free or Die Hard) will be directing the updated film based on Philip K. Dick‘s short story We Can Remember It For You Wholesale.

The original Total Recall is a bit of a guilty pleasure (as are most 80′s Arnold Schwarzenegger films) but Dick’s story has the making for a top-tier science fiction film. Unfortunately, Wiseman doesn’t appear to be the type of director who could elevate the material to the level it needs to be anything more than a schlocky action film. Only time will tell.

THR is also reporting, however, that both Tom Hardy and Michael Fassbender are in contention for this role. Hardy, who has become a hot property thanks to his role in Inception, seems like the most appropriate guy to fill Ahn-uld’s guns but Fassbender is also a great actor.

Who would you pick for a Total Recall remake?
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Colin Farrell Eyed For Total Recall
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
October 21, 2010

Colin Farrell is on the list as a potential candidate for he lead in Len Wiseman's remake of Total Recall, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film, based on the 1990 Paul Verhoeven adaptation of the short Philip K. Dick story, "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale", is expected to begin production in of March 2011. The original starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as Douglas Quaid, a man who, after buying implanted memories of a vacation to Mars, begins to remember experiences tied to an elaborate conspiracy.

Other potential candidates for the lead are said to include Tom Hardy and Michael Fassbender, though the article suggests that Farrell is the studio's top choice.
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Colin Farrell Frontrunner To Star in ‘Total Recall’ Remake

Posted on Thursday, October 21st, 2010 by Germain Lussier

When they said that Quatto Lives, they weren’t kidding around. Colin Farrell is reportedly at the top of a list that also includes Tom Hardy and Michael Fassbender to star in a remake of the 1990 Paul Verhoven/Arnold Schwarzenegger film Total Recall. We last heard about the project in July when Len Wiseman (Underworld, Live Free or Die Hard) was announced as director of a script by Kurt Wimmer (Salt, Equilibrium) The film will be a “a new, contemporized adaptation of Total Recall, which was based on the story, We Can Remember It for You Wholesale by Philip K. Dick.” We’ve got more after the jump.

Both The Wrap and The Hollywood Reporter are claiming exclusivity on this story and both report that Farrell has recently wrapped filming two movies – Fright Night and Horrible Bosses – so he might have an opening in his schedule to do the role. On the other hand Tom Hardy and Michael Fassbender are quite busy with some small comic book movies and more.

No matter who the star is, the biggest question is what does a “contemporized adaptation” of Total Recall actually mean? The story is already set in a future where memories of vacations are implanted in your brain. Did that technology become old hat all of a sudden? Earlier this year, Wiseman attempted to comment, saying that “I’ve always been fascinated with Philip K. Dick’s short story, and I’m excited at that prospect of diving even deeper into the type of world it evokes and the questions it asks. I love that the most crucial mystery our character is trying to solve is the one of his own soul.”

That’s not really saying much but that’s all we’ve got at the moment. Would you prefer to see Farrell in the lead or should the filmmakers wait for someone else on their list? And do you think there is a new take on the Dick material to make this film an equal to the original?
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Colin Farrell Is Favorite for 'Total Recall' Lead
POSTED BY Col. Hans Longshanks | THURSDAY OCTOBER 21 AT 12:48 PDT

Total Recall may have found its man to demand that Cohaagen give these people some air. THR's Heat Vision Blog is reporting that Colin Farrell is at the top of the list to lead Len Wiseman's remake of the Arnold Schwarzeneggar classic. Classic? Classic. Inception star Tom Hardy, who will hopefully be Mad Max sometime in the future, and Inglourious Basterds star Michael Fassbender are also being considered.

I understand the importance in securing a Quaid for the film, but it's really the secondary characters that I feel the producers should be most concerned with. In the original Total Recall, Kuato was an animatronic stomach person, but the world has discovered Verne Troyer since then. And let's not forget about the three-boobed prostitute. Ashley Judd could use the one day of work.
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Colin Farrell for Total Recall remake?
Thursday, 21 October 2010 19:43 | Written by Leo Porter

Irish actor could be getting his ass to Mars...

Colin Farrell might be going to Mars

Colin Farrell is currently front-runner to star in Len Wiseman's remake of Paul Verhoven's hit SF outing Total Recall (1990). The lead role is that of Quaid, a lowly and downbeat worker who in the future who is obsessed with going to Mars, but cannot afford it. When he goes for a cheapo fake-memory implant of a Martian holiday instead, it emerges that not only has he already been to Mars many times, but he is a sleeper government operative in deep hiding.

So deep, even he doesn't know about it, believing that he has been an office-worker all his life (well, an office-worker in Philip K. Dick's source story We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, though that would have been a bit of a reach for Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1990 version, so Quaid was portrayed as a construction worker in that).

Other recent contenders include Michael Fassbender and Tom Hardy, but they are reported to have unlikely availability compared to Farrell, who has just closed Fright Night and Horrible Bosses.

The script is by Equilibrium's Kurt Wimmer, and it's really not yet known if Total Recall V2.0 will be a remake of the 1990 movie or take its departure point from the considerably shorter material in the short story - much as Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett did for Verhoven's version.

Truth is, you could film We Can Remember It For You Wholesale for about three million bucks - it's as if PKD was planning to turn it into a theater play, and far more limited than the sprawling, transplanetary action than Arnie got involved in. Both the short story and the 1990 movie are great fun, and there is more resemblance to the source there than between, for instance, PKD's Do Android's Dream Of Electric Sheep? novel and Blade Runner, Ridley Scott's subsequent 1982 adaptation of it. But, as is so often the case with Philip K. Dick's source material, the writer, who died in 1982, does not provide enough for a comprehensible (or long enough) movie in Wholesale.

So we'll see erelong if Farrell (or whoever) has to stick that ghastly contraption up his nose to pull out a tracking device or not, and just what the 'remake'-factor is for this outing.

Anyone who hasn't seen In Bruges (2008) has no idea what Farrell could really do with a mindf***movie of this proportion. On the other hand, if this is 'one for the money', we can just expect the usual bicep exposure, I guess.
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Post by Admin on Thu Oct 21, 2010 5:47 pm

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Colin Farrell Has Total Recall
You think this is the real Quaid?
October 21, 2010

by Scott Collura

It looks like Colin Farrell may soon be getting his ass to Mars.

Heat Vision and The Wrap are both reporting that the actor may be starring in the remake of the Arnold Schwarzenegger action/sci-fi classic Total Recall.

Farrell is at the top of the list for the lead role, but actors like Tom Hardy (of Inception and soon to be Batman 3 fame) and Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class) are also in the running. Underworld's Len Wiseman will direct, with a late March production start planned. The script is by Kurt Wimmer (Salt, Law Abiding Citizen) and is "a new, contemporized adaptation" of the Philip K. Dick short story on which the original film was based, "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale."

Also in the works for Farrell is the crime drama By Virtue Fall, which shoots in January but should wrap in time for him to segue to Total Recall.

"I'm getting my ass to Mars!"
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Post by Admin on Thu Oct 21, 2010 5:48 pm

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Colin Farrell, Michael Fassbender or Tom Hardy for 'Total Recall'

October 21, 2010
Source: Heat Vision
by Ethan Anderton

Back at the end of July we heard that director Len Wiseman (Live Free or Die Hard, Underworld) would direct the remake of Total Recall, the adaptation of Philip K. Dick's short story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale. Now Heat Vision has news on who might step into the shoes for the lead role once filled by Arnold Schwarzenegger in Paul Verhoeven's 1990 adaptation. Apparently a shortlist of contenders has been crafted by Columbia Pictures with Colin Farrell at the top of the list. In addition, Tom Hardy (Inception) and Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds) are also listed as potential candidates to head to Mars.

The reason that Farrell may be at the top of the list is because of his availability along with his talent. Though we heard the actor had fallen out of Sheldon Turner's drama By Virtue Fall, it appears the actor is still involved in the project. Since that production is slated to finish in January, he would be free to do Total Recall right away. Hardy, on the other hand, is quite busy over the next year with his recently reported lead role in the next Batman sequel, not to mention finally starting production on the delayed Mad Max: Fury Road in about a year. Meanwhile, apparently there's rumors swirling that Fassbender might snag a role in the two-part adaptation of The Hobbit, and that would take him off the market for awhile.

Though Hardy is certainly my top choice to snag the role, it's unlikely to happen, so we may need to prepare ourselves for Farrell stepping onto Mars. Honestly, it'd be nice to finally see Farrell get a blockbuster that actually takes off considering Daredevil, Miami Vice and S.W.A.T. all were pretty terrible. Farrell certainly seems to be making quite a return to studio films with roles in the Fright Night remake and the comedy Horrible Bosses, so a flick like Total Recall just seems like the logical step for him. Who would you like to see lead Total Recall?
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Total Recall Wants Colin Farrell
October 21st, 2010
Colin Farrell the front runner to star in the Total Reacall remake
Colin Farrell has emerged as the top contender for the lead role in the upcoming Total Recall remake, according to Heat Vision Blog.

Actors such as Michael Fassbender and Tom Hardy are also mentioned as top candidates, although it is said that no offers are out to any actors at the moment. We reported at the end of July that Len Wiseman is directing the movie, although we hadn't heard much more about this project until today's news broke.

Kurt Wimmer is writing the script, which modernizes the original 1990 Total Recall movie, which was based on a Philip K. Dick short story entitled We Can Remember It For You Wholesale. It wasn't stated if Kurt Wimmer's script will deal with the theme of reality vs. delusion, with the audience not knowing for sure if the movie is a dream or not.

The remake is aiming at a March start date, and it isn't known yet if these actors will be available or not. We reported in June that Colin Farrell is in talks to star in By Virtue Fall with Eric Bana, which is set to go into production this January.

Total Recall comes to theaters in 2011. The film is directed by Len Wiseman.
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Total Recall Remake Heavily Considering Colin Farrell
By Eric Eisenberg
Published: 2010-10-21 14:32:45
Total Recall Remake Heavily Considering Colin Farrell This past summer, nobody knew what to expect from Adrien Brody in Predators. An Oscar winner better known for his work in drama, Brody was suddenly stepping into the shoes of the greatest action star of all time: Arnold Schwarzenegger. The most bizarre part? Silly gruff voice aside, he actually made it work. Suddenly the beanpole star of The Piano was caked in mud and hunting Predators and was damn convincing doing it. It could very well be because of Adrien Brody that Colin Farrell gets cast in the Total Recall remake.

THR reports that Farrell is now the front-runner to star in the film that was first announced last February. Other names on the list include Inglorious Basterds' Michael Fassbender and Inception's Tom Hardy (though Hardy will likely be too busy with Batman next spring). No official offers have been sent out to the actors yet, but it is known that Len Wiseman (Live Free or Die Hard) will direct based on a script by Kurt Wimmer (Salt). Based on the story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" by Philip K. Dick, Farrell would play a man haunted by a recurring dream and purchases an implanted memory that winds up making him believe that he is a secret agent that must overthrow a despot on Mars.

While this is a remake that certainly should never be made, they could certainly do a lot worse than Colin Farrell. Since reinventing his career and taking on more indie roles, the actor has shown how much talent he truly has, particularly with his role in the dark comedy In Bruges. That said, if he can't say "Give those people air!" in an authentic Austrian accent, I must say no thanks.
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Colin Farrell for 'Total Recall' remake?
Thursday, October 21 2010, 4:49pm EDT
By Tom Eames, Big Brother Reporter
Colin Farrell is in line for the lead role in Len Wiseman's remake of Total Recall.

Potential candidates for the part also include Michael Fassbender and Tom Hardy, though Farrell is currently the top choice, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The original 1990 film starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as Douglas Quaid, and is based on Philip K. Dick's sci-fi story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale.
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FIND IT HARD TO RECALL COLIN FARRELL

* By Steve Murphy

The original Total Recall is a ton of fun, but hardly a great film. In fact it's only really fun because of Paul Verhoeven's directing style and nutty ideas. Arnold is Arnold, but it's Verhoeven's sensibilities that help make Recall the film that it is.

A remake with new blood would lose a lot of the "weight" that made the original so special, but who cares anymore in this day and age of constant remakes?

Certainly not Neal Moritz and his appropriately-named Original Film production company, who are behind this. With Len Wiseman (Underworld, Live Free or Die Hard) set to direct - based on a script from Kurt Wimmer - the shortlist of actors the studio wants for the role of Quaid/Hauser appears to include roughly three names, with Colin Farrell currently sitting at the top. Tom Hardy and Michael Fassbender are also favorites, but it looks as though Farrell is the one being most sought after.

I have new found respect for Colin after the excellent In Bruges, but I'm having a hard time picturing him in a Total Recall remake - I just keep thinking he's wrong for this, but I'm not sure why. Nevermind the fact that this is a pointless remake to start with.

The Hollywood Reporter has the exclusive, and their article goes on to document the hurdles that are in the way of the movie, in terms of the actors' schedules.

Thanks to Brian Henne for the tip.
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'Total Recall' Remake Hopes Colin Farrell Will Journey to Mars
By Peter Hall (Subscribe to Peter Hall's posts)
Posted Oct 21st 2010 5:31PM

Whenever anyone thinks of making a movie, invariably the first thing that comes to mind is who would be their dream cast. It doesn't matter if it's a teenager writing a 'Star Wars' fan film script in his basement or a studio with a final draft and $100 million to spend. Who the filmmaker is dreaming about casting can say a lot about their intentions for a movie, even if they end up casting someone else entirely.

Why does all of this warrant mentioning? Because director Len Wiseman ('Underworld,' 'Die Hard 4') and producer Neal Moritz (everything from 'Prom Night' to 'Green Lantern') have a list for the lead role in their remake of Paul Verhoeven's beloved, at least on this end, 1990 sci-fi flick about implanted memories and shoot outs on Mars, 'Total Recall.' There are some more than capable actors they're considering to spearhead the role that once went to Arnold Schwarzenegger, but at the top of the short list is Colin Farrell. It's an interesting choice for a number of reasons.

Colin Farrell isn't exactly the box office draw he once was. Around the time of 'Minority Report,' 'Phone Booth,' 'S.W.A.T.' and 'Alexander,' Farrell seemed like he was on track to be Hollywood's go-to guy when they needed a leading man that is both handsome and exceedingly talented. Around the mid-2000s, however, Farrell began seeking out more passion-based projects than high profile studio films. That may no longer be the case, however, as he's set to appear in the ensemble comedy 'Horrible Bosses' as well as play a crucial role in the 'Fright Night' remake. So, should Farrell end up in the role, 'Total Recall' would certainly be the actor's biggest reintroduction to pop culture thus far.

That speaks to what kind of a mindset this new 'Total Recall' has. They want a leading man who is recognizable to audiences, but who doesn't have a ton of other blockbusters on the horizon (which is why they're also considering Tom Hardy and Michael Fassbender). Sure, cynics will say that's a sign the studio simply wants to save money by not going for a Will Smith or a Robert Downey Jr., but an optimist can certainly see it as an intent to shape a film that has a distinct identity and that isn't immediately associated with other reboots or similarly intentioned tent pole films, whilst also trying to distance itself from the muscle bound image of Schwarzenegger.

Of course, there are more important variables to consider than who is cast as the lead actor when it comes to getting excited about this new 'Total Recall' to begin with. Len Wiseman has made a career out of making relatively safe, audience friendly blockbusters. The same can be said of producer Neil Moritz, whose company (ironically titled Original Film) is handling the remake. Plus, screenwriter Kurt Wimmer can be hit-and-miss. When he's on fire, he can deliver memorable action films like 'Equilibrium' and 'Salt.' When he's not, more generic affairs like 'Law Abiding Citizen' and 'Street Kings' happen. And when he's really left to his own wits, 'Ultraviolet' happens-- and that's no fun for anyone.

And what a 'Total Recall' remake (or readaptation, if you're feeling generous, of Philip K. Dick's story 'We Can Remember it For You Wholesale') needs to be is fun. It's an adventure that's all about the fantasy of being involved in a larger than life story. It's got Mars and mutants and aliens and three-breasted women in it. People want to see that same, deliriously weird spirit maintained. Farrell is certainly adept at balancing humor and drama, perhaps more so than the other two gents on the list. Let's just hope the studio makes an actual offer at some point and stops daydreaming about it.
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Farrell, Tom Hardy and Michael Fassbender contenders for Total Recall

by Liam on October 21, 2010

colin farrell Back in July Columbia Pictures began efforts to remake Total Recall, the 1990 film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone, by hiring Live Free or Die Hard director Len Wiseman to direct. They also hired Kurt Wimmer (Salt) to write the screenplay, which appears to be developed enough for the studio to start offering the lead role to actors.

From THR:

Total Recall is narrowing in on finding the star that will step into the shoes first worn by Arnold Schwarzennegar in the 1990 movie.

Colin Farrell is at the top of the list, which also includes Tom Hardy and Michael Fassbender.

No offers have been made for anyone to star in the movie, which is looking at a late March start with Len Wiseman behind the camera and Neal Moritz and his Original Film banner producing.

The three actors all have projects potentially lined up which could make them unavailable. Hardy will be re-teaming with Inception director Christopher Nolan for Batman 3 next summer, and Fassbender is thought to be wanted for a role in The Hobbit. Colin Farrell seems to be the only one with no big time-consuming movies lined up, although he is set to shoot By Virtue Fall with Eric Bana early next year.

The original film followed 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. This version is being described as a “new, contemporized adaptation”, so it should be quite different to what we saw 20 years ago.

Which actor would you prefer to lead Total Recall?
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