Re-makes, Heroes And Heroes

Total Recall is being re-made. Neal H Moritz is currently in talks with Columbia to develop and produce the Philip K. Dick story “We Remember It For You Wholesale.” Moritz wants to make a contemporary version of the 1990 Schwarzeneger starring, Verhoeven directed action film.

For those who don’t remember, it’s the story of a man who has dreams of Mars and then goes to Rekall inc. to have a memory implanted. Things go wrong and it turns out he’s a secret and travels to Mars and fights for the rebels there to get air from the dictator, Ronny Cox in the film.
It’s a fantastic film already and a re-make will have its work seriously cut out. Moritz has reportedly been saying he hopes advances in technology will breathe new life into the story. This is a little worrying because one of the great things about the 1990 version was how lived in the environments felt and a CGI heavy adaptation could hurt. Plus there will be no Arnie in it.

*QUICK UPDATE*: It’s been reported that Sam Worthington has turned down the role of Green Lantern due to his commitment on Clash Of The Titans.
Emile Hirsch and Ryan Gosling have also passed on the role.
A new name in the frame is Anton Yelchin who is playing the role of Kyke Reese in Terminator Salvation. Could be interesting to follow that, I think he’s a bit young for the role but i could be wrong.
My favorite Nathan Fillion has apparently been ruled out for being too “geezerly.” I hope someone reconsiders that.
The Green Lantern release date has been announced as December 17th 2010. It’s good to see Warner Bros. getting their arses into gear with all their super-hero franchises. With Martin Campbell directing, Green Lantern should be in great hands and this will hopefully get things moving on Green Arrow, The Flash, Wonder Woman etc. movies and then maybe a good Superman re-boot which could lead to a fantastic Justice League film. Fingers crossed.



Any thoughts on who should play Hal Jordan? My personal favourite would be Nathan Fillion from Serenity. Great actor, terribly underrated.
Samuel L. Jackson has signed up to play Nick Fury in Iron Man 2. Not only that, Jackson has the opportunity to play the S.H.I.E.L.D agent in another 9 Marvel movies. It is also possible that there will be a S.H.I.E.L.D movie all on its own.

This, to me, seems a bit too good to be true. I wasn’t particularly bothered if Jackson came back or not, since he’s only at the end of Iron Man, but I’m happy that they’re keeping the continuity. But it wasn’t long ago Marvel wouldn’t pay Jackson what he wanted and he wouldn’t budge. So it will be interesting to see what the deal was, unless he’s playing smart and waiting until everyone has accepted him as Nick Fury then demand horrific money.

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Alton loves film. He is founder and Editor In Chief of BRWC.  Some of the films he loves are Rear Window, Superman 2, The Man With The Two Brains, Clockwise, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Trading Places, Stir Crazy and Punch-Drunk Love.

4 COMMENTS
  • Trevor Smith 27th February 2009

    It is now a sad fact but we live in a world of sequels and remakes. And i know you all seem to love comic book adaptations but i cant stand them. Over hyped and ridiculous budgets – it saddens me because just think what this money could do for young, passionate and talented writers with clever and original pieces of work that could be brought to the screen.

    Thanks for letting us know Maverick.

  • Maverick 27th February 2009

    yep its shocking me how many films are being re-made. Total Recall isn’t even 20 years old.
    All the horror icons have been or are being remade and they are generally mediocre at best. Now they are re-making one of my favourite Arnold films. I don’t see how they could make it better, but I’ll have to wait to hear the casting, director and everything else to make a proper opinion.

  • Sean J 27th February 2009

    The trend of remakes isn’t exactly new though, even though many modern remakes may not be high in quality. Some classic remakes I number among my favourite films:
    John Carpenter’s The Thing, David Cronenberg’s The Fly, 3:10 to Yuma, The Departed and Insomnia to name a few.

    I can’t argue superhero films though, I like a film such as the Dark Knight, but no one can argue the world wouldn’t have been a better place without Daredevil.

  • Trevor Smith 27th February 2009

    Mature thoughts at the end there Maverick…And my favourite movies are Gangster flicks and Horror films – so your spot on there Sean with The Departed and J.C.’s The Thing (which is one of my fav’s)… As far as Comic book movies go, i’ll pay to watch Superman or Batman – that’s it. Everytime i go to the cinema, there is a trailer for a Comic Book film, i’m so over it.

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