Back in July Columbia Pictures began efforts to remake Total Recall, the 1990 film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone, by hiring Live Free or Die Hard director Len Wiseman to direct. They also hired Kurt Wimmer (Salt) to write the screenplay, which appears to be developed enough for the studio to start offering the lead role to actors.
Total Recall is narrowing in on finding the star that will step into the shoes first worn by Arnold Schwarzennegar in the 1990 movie.
Colin Farrell is at the top of the list, which also includes Tom Hardy and Michael Fassbender.
No offers have been made for anyone to star in the movie, which is looking at a late March start with Len Wiseman behind the camera and Neal Moritz and his Original Film banner producing.
The three actors all have projects potentially lined up which could make them unavailable. Hardy will be re-teaming with Inception director Christopher Nolan for Batman 3 next summer, and Fassbender is thought to be wanted for a role in The Hobbit. Colin Farrell seems to be the only one with no big time-consuming movies lined up, although he is set to shoot By Virtue Fall with Eric Bana early next year.
The original film followed a man haunted by a recurring dream of journeying to Mars who buys a literal dream vacation from a company called Rekall Inc., which sells implanted memories. The man comes to believe he is a secret agent and ends up on a Martian colony, where he fights to overthrow a despotic ruler controlling the production of air. This version is being described as a “new, contemporized adaptation”, so it should be quite different to what we saw 20 years ago.
Which actor would you prefer to lead Total Recall?