Two admissions: one, I am a big fan of Philip K. Dick and two, I have never seen the 1990 Arnold Schwartzenegger version of Total Recall.
I know, I know. How can I call myself a fan? Honestly, P.K. Dick’s short story We Can Remember It For You, Wholesale (1966) was enough for me. I didn’t feel like I needed to see some pumped up action film to appreciate the simple genius of the story. Please, feel free to correct this assumption in the comments.
And now I find myself in a bit of a dilemma as there is a remake coming out. Starring Colin Farrell. And if I see it, it’s going to look like I went for the eye candy. To correct this, Adaptation will be doing an episode where we talk about the story and both films. But while we wait for the film to be released, here’s the new trailer to tide you over:
Directed by Len Wiseman and written by Kurt Wimmer and Mark Bomback the film is set to release August 3 in the US and August 29 in the UK, giving us quite a wait to see how it measures up (or outshines) the original film and how true it stays to P.K. Dick’s original story. Despite my uninformed judgment of the 1990 Total Recall, films based on his stories have done quite well in the past e.g. Blade Runner and The Adjustment Bureau so I’m willing to bet this one will follow the pattern.
How do you feel about the remake? Leave your thoughts in the comments!