This is officially the age of the remakes in Hollywood and no one is safe, not even Arnold Schwarzenegger. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Schwarzenegger's 1990 film "Total Recall" is being remade at Columbia Pictures, with Neil H. Mortiz and his Original Films banner in negotiations to produce.
If you're never seen Paul Verhoven's original, here's a rundown. Loosely based on Philip K. Dick's short story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale," the story follows an ordinary guy named Douglas Quaid, who is haunted by dreams of Mars and a beautiful brunette. He decides to act on the impulse and "vacation" there via memory implants that will let him live out a fantasy as a spy.
However, the procedure awakens real memories of Quaid's life on Mars as a spy, and he realizes his real, ordinary life is a lie. He travels to Mars to discover the truth, fight the bad guys, win back his brunette, and free Mars from a despot. But is it real -- or is it an implanted memory after all?
The film is a typical 1990 Schwarzenegger film, and it launched the career of Sharon Stone, as well as a thousand playground discussions about "the lady with three breasts." (I think we called them "you know whats" though.)
Surprisingly, Moritz isn't planning to return to the original Dick novel for inspiration, but rather the Verhoven film, which he hopes to tell in a "fresh" way with modern CG effects. I certainly don't envy the "fresh" actor who has to replace Arnold ... do you?
Well, MTV readers -- do you think Total Recall should be remade in a "fresh" way? Or should the original be left to Schwarzenegger and his glory days of the 90s?