Thursday, February 26, 2009
We are the Sprocket Holes vol. 63
Next Up On The Remake Train: 'Total Recall'
you can't top Total Recall. it's a film that literally has something for everyone. wild gore, nightmarish characters/effects, surreal setting, insane action, morose one-liners, gun-toting midget hookers, an omnipotent Krang looking thing emerging from the abdomen of a man, Tri-Tits, a pre-sanctimonious insanity Sharon Stone, and Michael Mother Fucking Ironside. add in psycotauer Paul Verehoven fresh from Robocop, Ahnuld in his prime, and Philip K. Dick roots and you have... well... absolutely everything.
the only way i could possibly dig a remake if they just call it by the original title of the Phillip K. Dick story; We Can Remember it For You Wholesale, and they get David Cronenberg to write/direct (he was supposed to do the original);
"David Cronenberg was attached to direct but wanted to cast William Hurt in the lead role. Cronenberg described his work on the project and eventual falling out with Shusett: "I worked on it for a year and did about 12 drafts. Eventually we got to a point where Ron Shusett said, 'You know what you've done? You've done the Philip K. Dick version.' I said, 'Isn't that what we're supposed to be doing?' He said, 'No, no, we want to do Raiders of the Lost Ark Go to Mars.'""
this could be a perfect opportunity for Cronenberg to go back to his body-horror roots, but that's just yet another one of my cinephile pipe-dreams (alongside Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau and Alejandro Jodorowsky's Dune). i know this won't happen, because to do that would require taking a risk on something that might lose the moron in the back row.