If you were here, sitting next to me right this instant, you would hear an audible sigh as I read news about Total Recall getting a remake.Â Not because it is a stupid story, it’s one of my more liked Philip K. Dick stories, but because the movie has already been made into a fun action movie that has Arnold dressing in drag and having his eyes almost sucked out of his head on the the terraformed Mars.
Columbia Pictures is the latest studio to jump on board the whole, “Let’s remake every movie ever made, because we don’t have an original thought” bandwagon, but is keeping mum on how it will make this version of We Can Remember It for You Wholesale contemporary enough to draw audiences in.
What we do know is Kurt Wimmer is writing the new version, with Neal H. Moritz producing.Â No word on who will star, or when the remake will hit theaters.
The good thing about having a young son, is I don’t have free time to go and see every movie that comes out.Â It means I’m more selective in what I want to go see, and I don’t want to see a remake of Total Recall.Â I hope more people take this same stand with all these crazy remakes.Â I mean seriously, who really wants to see a remake of Girls Just Want to have Fun?
I can understand really wanting to remake a movie that has fallen out of the public’s view.Â There is a perfectly legitimate reason to retell or revamp a William Shakespeare play, or take the tale of Snow White and set it on a college campus – it’s a unique twist on an old story, with old being the key word.Â I can also understand the movie industry thinking it can capture a whole new audience of movie goers who didn’t get to see the movie in the theater the first time.Â Total Recall is just old enough that today’s walking money bags have probably only seen the movie on TBS, and might want to a version of the film updated for their generation.
If remaking movies were a rare or sporadic occurrence, I probably wouldn’t be as upset, but with the slew of announcements coming out of H’wood about “remake this and remake that”, it is saddening, especially when I know there are more original and unique ideas that have yet to be tapped.Â The mentality in H’wood (and in other industries) right now seems to be, ‘It made money for us before, let’s redo it and make money again.”
I can’t wait until the studios announce next year that it is going to remake Batman Begins – not a sequel, but a remake.
Makes one want to sigh…