Total Recall's official (and Mars-less!) synopsis revealed

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Dec 16, 2012

News from the Colin Farrell-led, mega-budget Total Recall remake camp has been kinda quiet lately, with barely a peep from the Mars-less marvel. But don't worry—Kuato still lives! And Sony is stirring its summer beast from its slumber with an official synopsis.

Wake up and check it out ...

Total Recall is an action thriller about reality and memory, inspired anew by the famous short story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale" by Philip K. Dick. Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), even though he's got a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life—real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. Finding himself on the run from the police—controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston), the leader of the free world—Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) to find the head of the underground resistance (Bill Nighy) and stop Cohaagen. The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate.

Sounds slick enough, but ... no Mars? No outer space? Really?

The new script is set in a not-so-distant future where two nation-states, New Shanghai and Euromerica, are battling for world domination. Wiseman promised this version would have a grittier, more realistic feel and moodier tone than Paul Verhoeven's R-rated romp and will (to the deafening cheers of global geekdom) include a return of the triple-breasted prostitute.

This Total Recall redux also stars Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston, John Cho and Bill Nighy.

With Sony sounding the tribal drums on its upcoming sci-fi season, a full-blown trailer can't be far behind.

Underworld uber-director Len Wiseman's revamp of the Arnie-amped sci-fi amnesiac flick of the '90s becomes a reality in theaters on Aug. 3, 2012.

(via Geek Tyrant)