Paul Verhoeven's 1990 sci-fi classic "Total Recall" was a childhood favorite for many of us, offering our first glimpse of boobies (albeit three of them), mutants, and Arnold Schwarzenegger as existentialist: "If I am not me, who da hell am I?"
Now Neil Moritz, the producing powerhouse behind "S.W.A.T.," "Torque," "Stealth," and other monosyllabic action flicks, is giving us a remake, and he's bringing Irish bad boy Colin Farrell along for the ride.
According to Variety, the "In Bruges" star is in final negotiations to play the lead in the remake, "a man tortured by recurring dreams of a trip to Mars." This aligns with previous reports, which tagged Farrell as the top choice over Tom Hardy and Michael Fassbender. Len Wiseman of "Underworld" fame will direct.
His casting automatically distinguishes this remake from the original, as Farrell can bring a more intellectual melancholy to the role. Those paying attention know "intellectual" and "melancholy" weren't exactly Arnold's strong suit.
The original "Recall" was a bloodfest of the highest order, and according to the online Movie Body Counts database, has an impressive onscreen kill tally of 77, with 44 of those by Arnold alone. That's an impressive ratio, Colin, so let's hope you've been taking those neck-snapping classes 'cause the Governator is some mighty big shoes to fill.