Len Wiseman discusses Total Recall remake

As Total Recall's release draws closer, director Len Wiseman reveals how his adaptation will differ from Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 film.

Total Recall

With last week’s reveal of the synopsis, and news of an official trailer due in a little over a month, director Len Wiseman has been talking about the Total Recall remake/re-adaptation that’s due in cinemas at the end of August. Wiseman promises that his film will delve deeper into the themes of Philip K Dick’s We Can Remember it For You Wholesale than Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 film.

“I’m very close to handing over my cut, it’s going really well. The combination of mystery and emotion and action, it’s coming together. Colin [Farrell] is a large part of that and I’m really happy with him.”

“I think the complexity of the dual stories was the most surprising and challenging thing, when you see Total Recall, the [Paul] Verhoeven film, you experience it, it’s finished. When you’re involved in diving into the material again and going back into the Philip K Dick story, you realize there is so much to be discussed about the dual stories.”

“There’s the reality story and there’s the fantasy element. They’re running parallel together, so you always have to keep those two alive. That’s the inherent nature of the concept and what makes the concept so cool.”

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“I will say, at the same time, this made all of the conversation I had with my cast fun, Every little detail has to apply to both scenarios. My actors would ask, ‘So, in this scene, am I – because I know that I’m lying, because I’m the double agent – how well do I act?’”

“It sounds like a silly question, but do you want the other character to see through that or am I so good as a double agent that you would never suspect I’m the best buddy or the wife.’ It’s all of those little things. So, that’s my long way of saying the dual nature of the story was the best thing about this.”

Total Recall is due for UK release on 22 August 2012

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