How Colin Farrell's Total Recall will be DIFFERENT

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Dec 14, 2012

We don't know much about the Len Wiseman-directed remake of the 1990 film Total Recall, which is still in preproduction, but we're sure of one thing—it's going to be a FAR different movie from Paul Verhoeven's version.

First of all, this movie will remain truer to its source material, Philip K. Dick's novella "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale." In an interview with MTV, actor Colin Farrell (who has taken the lead role, the memory-challenged Douglas Quail) said, "This is going back to the original short story. It's closer to the original short story."

But how? According to Collider, who spoke with producer Neal Moritz, "[T]he big difference is we don't go to space."

So there goes the action on Mars, the mutant prostitutes (who surprisingly don't appear in Dick's original story) and Arnold Schwarzenneger's head decompressing in Mars' atmosphere.

Mortiz continues: "Instead of it being a spaceship that takes us to another planet, there's something that takes us from one side of the planet to another that's really interesting."

And last, we can expect some eye-catching visuals, vouched for by Farrell, who told MTV:

"Yeah, I saw some of the artwork, some of the pre-visualization stuff of the world that [Wiseman's] folks are creating. And it's really beautiful, really really cool. And I've had a good experience telling Philip K. Dick stories. Well, I've only had the one experience, but Minority Report was such a blast. Yeah, this could be a lot of fun."

Although this is the first remake of Total Recall, there was a television show, Total Recall, that lasted one season. It had the same feel as its namesake, as well as Blade Runner, but the show's universe did not use the same plots.

To hear Farrell talk more about the new Total Recall, check out the interview below.

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