Archive for June, 2012

Rekall Trailer…did someone say three brea…


There’s been one question fans have had about the new Total Recall movie since it was greenlit. Not, “Will this film make me question the nature of reality and whether people are the sum of their memories?” But rather, “Will there still be a sex worker with three breasts?” (As we’ve covered in the past, this is an essential element of many great science fiction sagas.)

Now, you need wonder no longer. The latest trailer for Total Recall (above) includes a sassy lady who promises Colin Farrell, “You’re going to wish you had three hands.” Also, Kate Beckinsale is pretty great in the Sharon Stone role, even doing a similar aerobics-based attack on Farrell, and quipping, “What can I say? I give good wife.” It looks like it’ll be closer to Paycheck than to one of the top tiers of Philip K. Dick movies, but it still could be a fun romp. Watch the trailer in HD at Yahoo! Movies.


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Comic-Con: Prometheus Offers a New Video and Teases SDCC Recruitment


Even after Ridley Scott’s latest hit theaters, there came signs that the viral campaign for Prometheus was far from over. Today, the Project Prometheus website has been updated with a new “Careers” section, offering the below video with the promise of more to come.

“Jamie Rossi is one of Weyland’s elite nanotechnologists,” reads the video’s official description, “she’s currently involved in several bio-medical project on Luna.”

At the end of the video, there’s a link to with the teaser image that you can see beneath the video. Whatever is planned for Comic-Con is still a mystery, but check back for details as they become available.


New International Trailer for Rian Johnson’s Looper

Sony Pictures has released an international trailer for Rian Johnson’s futurist action thriller Looper which you can watch using the player below. Opening in theaters on September 28, the film stars Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Noah Segan, Piper Perabo and Jeff Daniels.

In Looper, time travel will be invented – but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a “looper” – a hired gun, like Joe (Gordon-Levitt) – is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good… until the day the mob decides to “close the loop,” sending back Joe’s future self (Willis) for assassination.

Starship Troopers Reboot to be Less Violent?

Though it might seem sacrilegious to many to even make aStarship Troopers reboot, this might really get your blood boiling. According to the producer, they are aiming for a less violent take on the story.

In an interview with Empire, Toby Jaffe said: “The more expensive a film is, the harder it is now to make it that violent. With Recall in particular, we made a conscious choice to keep it tonally closer to something like Minority Report. It gives the studio, and us as producers, the opportunity to reintroduce it in a new way.”

What is cool, however, is that Jaffe menionts the “jump suits” featured in Robert Heinlein’s book: “Working in a visual-effects renaissance as we are, we have the ability to do so much more now. We can do the Jump Suits [armoured exoskeletons from Heinlein’s novel], for example, which I don’t think they could have done before.”

No word on a release date or director but Thor and X-Men: First Class screenwriters Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz have written the script.

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Tell of your fantasy, we’ll make it real….

There are very few science fiction films from the ’90s that really stand the test of time as well as Paul Verhoeven’s Total Recall, based on Philip K. Dick’s short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale,” and it’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since it came out. It was a pivotal movie for actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, being his biggest blockbuster hit before Terminator 2 the following year, as well as a solid follow-up for Verhoeven, who three years earlier had made his mark on Hollywood with RoboCop. With the number of movies from the ’70s and ’80s being reinvented, it was only time before someone took another look at Philip K. Dick’s story to see how it could connect to modern audiences.

The job of updating the futuristic concept was placed in the hands of “Underworld” mastermind Len Wiseman, who had already branched away from the action franchise he created to helm 2007’s Live Free and Die Hard. Many filmmakers have tried to tackle Dick’s works over the years, some to better effect than others, but Wiseman would not only be following in Verhoeven’s footsteps, but also those of Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg, Richard Linklater and John Woo. had a chance to sit down and take some interviews while on a set tour, below is a excerpt from them, along with some new posters from the viral campaign, and you can check out the rest here: Rekall












The actual story of the new movie isn’t that far removed from the original Total Recall with Farrell playing Doug Quaid, a working class factory worker, married to a beautiful wife Lori, played by Wiseman’s own beautiful wife Kate Beckinsale. Frustrated with his life, he goes to a shop called “Rekall” where they implant custom memories into its patrons to allow them to go on luxurious vacations or adventures without leaving the chair. If you’ve seen the original movie then you know there’s more to Quaid than he realizes which he finds out when the Federal Police show up to arrest him and he goes on the run and discovers nothing he thought was true is real, which sends him to another section of the world where he encounters the rebel Melina, played by Jessica Biel, who knows the truth about Doug and his connection to the Chancellor Vilos Cohaagen, played by Bryan Cranston. The cast is rounded out by Bill Nighy as Kuato, the leader of the rebellion.

Creating the World

The best science fiction is all about creating a believable world that can transport the moviegoer to somewhere they’ve never been and that’s definitely true with Total Recall as Len Wiseman worked with his long-time collaborator, production designer Patrick Tatopoulos, to create a world around Colin Farrell’s Doug Quaid. The biggest difference between what they’re doing with the remake and the Verhoeven film is that Mars is no longer a part of the equation, and no, we don’t think it has anything to do with how poorly John Carter fared either. According to Len Wiseman, it was screenwriter Kurt Wimmer’s decision to remove Mars from the equation, something that had been decided even before Wiseman came on board.

On arriving at Pinewood, we were brought to the production offices where Tatopoulos walked us through the concept art that lined the walls and explained how their movie takes place on two hemispheres of the earth and two very different societies: New Asia and the United Federation of Britain (UFB). (Oddly, it was originally going to be called the United Federation of America but that had to be changed for some reason.)

The former is basically the seedier slums of earth with millions of people crammed into a small amount of space, apartments piled on top of each other, growing vertically as more people enter the area with space being a premium. The buildings are almost made up of boxes like a gerbil habitat and the lower levels of New Asia are right on the water, a bit like Shanghai, because the planet is plagued by acid rain that’s constantly falling which erodes the buildings and causes flooding. While the area looks poor, it’s not without its technology, although the people there tend to cobble together older tech rather than having new stuff.

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