Bryan Cranston recently traveled to Mars to work on Andrew Stanton's highly anticipated John Carter of Mars, but the weather must be nice on the Red Planet because he's just booked another trip back there. Variety reports that the Emmy winning actor will play the villain in Sony's remake of the 1990 sci-fi actioner Total Recall, which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and was directed by Paul Verhoeven.
This time around, Len Wiseman is directing from a script by Kurt Wimmer, Mark Bomback and James Vanderbilt that supposedly skews closer to Phillip K. Dick's source material (the short story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale"). Colin Farrell is filling Arnold's shoes while Neal Moritz will produce through his Original Films banner. The story focuses on Douglas Quaid, a man who takes a "virtual vacation" to Mars but wakes up in a frenzy after "memories" of the trip raise some conspiratorial and hazardous theories. He then travels to the distant planet to set the record straight, or does he?
I've never been on board with a remake of this film, as Verhoeven's version is one of my favorites of yesteryear. I'm a big fan of Farrell's work; his involvement suggests that the script and direction of the project is perhaps better than I'd originally imagined. Cranston is also a genius and I can totally dig him in either the Ronny Cox or Michael Ironside roles from the first movie (that is, if their characters will be included). Again, his involvement inspires confidence. But I'm still sitting at my desk with a sour taste in my mouth while writing about a redo of a Hollywood classic.