Adaptation #17: Arnold’s Muscles of Doom

Hosts Kendyl, Dorin, Ryan and Chase get together to discuss Philip K. Dick’s short story We Can Remember It For You, Wholesale and its two movie adaptations: Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 Total Recall and the current Len Wiseman remake.

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Music: Secret Agent Man by Johnny Rivers

Main Discussion

We Can Remember I For You, Wholesale

-By Philip K Dick

-Published in 1966 in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

-Undercover agent/trip to Mars is the most wished for memory

-Trained assassin, but he wishes to save the earth in a peaceful way

-Given a destroying artifact, but wishes it was a healing one

-Ability to implant memories: pros and cons

Total Recall (1990)

-Directed by Paul Verhoeven

-Screenplay by Ronald Shusett, Dan O’Bannon and Gary Goldman

-Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone and Michael Ironside

-Machine that creates earth-like atmosphere

-Mutants as the exploited/under-previlaged

-Houser was actually the bad guy

Total Recall (2012)

-Released August 3 in US, August 29 in UK

-Directed by Len Wiseman

-Screenplay by Kurt Wimmer and Mark Bomback

-Starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel

-All takes place on Earth

-Two colonies (one being exploited)

-Code that will stop police invasion of Colony

Stay tuned for episode #18 on Matthew Quick’s novel The Silver Linings Playbook and From Page to Screen minisode #2 on Wuthering Heights (2011) and Jane Eyre (2011) including interviews with screenwriters Oliva Hetreed and Moira Buffini!

1 thought on “Adaptation #17: Arnold’s Muscles of Doom

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