Hollywood is remaking, "re-booting" and otherwise retreading another movie from the past: Total Recall.
Neal H. Moritz and Original Films are reportedly in final negotiations to develop and produce a new Total Recall for Columbia. The original flick which was released in 1990 starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as a man haunted by a recurring dream of journeying to Mars who ends up fighting an evil overlord.
Moritz said he hoped the advancements in technology and visual effects can help tell the Recall story in a fresh way. Release dates, director, stars or other details currently aren't available right now.
Usually, Hollywood remaking a great flick from the past makes me angry, because why wouldn't you just watch the classic version instead of a watered-down, always-inferior new take? But in this case, it's a good idea.
I always thought the original Recall, based on Philip K. Dick's short story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale," was disappointing. It takes the trippy, heady, dark source material and dumbs it down in a huge way to make a boilerplate, Verhoeven sci-fi blockbuster. Maybe a new version can give a more serious take on Dick's whacked out ideas -- like Blade Runner did. But they shouldn't' forget to bring back the alien babe with three boobies from the original flick.