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Unmade Classics: Part 1 of 2:
The film industry is a place for ideas but not all those ideas will reach the big screen. Many projects are announced each year and most of them will reach the pre-production stage but many will go no further. Only about half of the films announced will ever be completed. For various reasons, many intended movies will just fade away. Some may die during the script writing stage, while other will actually begin production before the whims of fortune cause the demise of the project. Here is Part One of a list of 25 tantalizing unmade films that could have been classics.
The Adventures of Flash Gordon: In the mid-1970s, George Lucas was enjoying critical success from his American Graffiti films. Being a life-long science fiction fan, he was planning to make a big-Budget film version of Flash Gordon. He had many ideas for »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
★★☆☆☆ Remaking a film is always a tricky proposition, yet this was the task undertaken by Len Wiseman with Total Recall (2012), reinventing the narrative shell of Philip K. Dick's novel We Can Remember It for You Wholesale and Paul Verhoeven's much cherished original, yet somehow also disregarding the lewd humour of its 1990 predecessor. Colin Farrell steps into the mammoth boots of Arnold Schwarzenegger to play protagonist Douglas Quaid, a simple assembly line worker who, whilst undergoing an innovative memory implant procedure, dramatically finds himself accused of being a spy and inheriting some unknown talents in the process.
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- CineVue UK
The film industry is a place for ideas but not all those ideas will reach the big screen. Many projects are announced each year and most of them will reach the pre-production stage but many will go no further. On average, only half of the films announced will ever be completed. For various reasons, many intended movies will just fade away. Some may die during the script writing stage, while other will actually begin production before the whims of fortune cause the demise of the project. Here is Part One of a list of 25 tantalizing unmade films that could have been classics.
The Adventures of Flash Gordon: In the mid-1970s, George Lucas was enjoying critical success from his American Graffiti films. Being a life-long science fiction fan, he was planning to make a big-Budget film version of Flash Gordon. He had many ideas for the film but he »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
As we look back at the year in film, we find -- as always -- there's room for improvement. Often by simply replacing a lead actor, a world of difference could be made on the overall effect of the film. Films come together the way they do for a reason. Often it's more about a star's marquee value or perceived bankability than it is about the part they are playing. Alas, here are the 2012 Movie Roles That Should Have Gone to Someone Else. Colin Farrell in "Total Recall" Farrell's casting as Douglas Quaid/Carl Hauser in Len Wiseman's remake of the Paul Verhoeven 1990 original--in which Arnold Schwarzenegger starred--was the first of many mistakes. Watching his co-star Kate Beckinsale kick more ass than him was just a reminder of how lacklustre Farrell's presence and performance was in such a CGI-heavy environment. We like him weak and pathetic, as in "In Bruges. »
- Sophia Savage
Director: Len Wiseman
Running Time: 118 minutes (130 minutes extended cut)
Extras: Science Fiction V Science Fact, Gag Reel, Extended Cut, Designing The Fall, Total Action, Stepping Into Recall – Pre-Visualization Process
Remaking films as iconic as Total Recall (1990) is win-win; initially written off, intrigue takes hold, and suddenly the cinema is packed with cynical film goers paying £10 to be proved right, and, like any Len Wiseman movie, it lives up to those cynics expectations – or does it?
Doug Quaid’s (Farrell) life is plagued by boredom and near-death dreams. Wife Lori (Beckinsale) works for the United Federation of Britain – one of two habitable sections of earth along with The Colony – but has a secret. Looking for excitement Quaid visits Rekall, a memory implant program, where his life is turned upside down.
Fans of the first two Underworld films »
- Sam Carey
Interview Ryan Lambie Jan 2, 2013
Although the spine of Len Wiseman's Total Recall is quite similar to Paul Verhoeven's 1990 movie, it's very different from a visual standpoint. Where Verhoeven's film imagined a brightly-lit, 'neo-brutalist' future of concrete and glass, Wiseman's movie is an amalgam of decaying cities on one side of the planet, and shiny buildings and hover cars on the other.
Aside from its numerous futuristic vehicles and exotic gadgets, Total Recall 2012 is memorable for the Fall - a gigantic elevator which takes citizens from one side of the planet to the other. While production designer Patrick Tatopoulos was responsible for how the Fall and other aspects of Total Recall should look, the creation of the incredible number of CG effects fell to the UK company, »
With Summer comes every imaginable blockbuster fighting for your money. For the past ten years comic book movies have been all the rage and 2012 was no different; throw in a few comedies and action men, snd you’ve got the perfect movie summer.
Let’s start with the most anticipated, powerful and epic movie in a very very long time. The Dark Knight Rises shook the internet with its blurry teaser trailers, rumours of villains, and revelations of a thigh high boot wearing Catwoman. The world was divided between the disappointed and those who thought Tdkr was pure perfection. Whichever camp you belonged to no one can argue the fact it is an epic film worth every penny gained at the box office.
Tobey Maguire’s suit wasn’t even cold when The Amazing Spider-man was announced. With the trailer leaving me unexcited, the reviews that followed surprised; raving over Andrew Garfield’s performance, »
- Isra Alkassi
Colin Farrell steps into Arnie's shoes for Underworld director Len Wiseman's total revamp of Paul Verhoeven's eye-popping 1990 Schwarzenegger sci-fi classic. In a future where humanity is split in two, literally and geographically, disenchanted factory worker Douglas Quaid (Farrell) signs up to Rekall, a company that can turn your wildest fantasies into real memories. But when the procedure is interrupted, Quaid suddenly finds himself a key player in the war between the resistance and the all-powerful police state. »
When it was released this past summer, Total Recall withered in the shadow of its predecessor. Fans took an immediate pass on it, not willing to realizing that this remake is one of the best sci-fi films of the year, and also a more truthful adaptation of the Philip K. Dick short story upon which it is based. Why were audiences so quick to dismiss director Len Wiseman's take on Total Recall? Because the Paul Verhoeven version starring Arnold Schwarzenegger is still a beloved cult institution that many felt couldn't be mucked with.
It's a hurdle most remakes face in this age of constant cinema regurgitation. It doesn't matter how good a movie is. As soon as it's labeled a reboot of any kind, people turn the other cheek as a reflex. Which is a shame. »
Back in 1990, director Paul Verhoeven and his screenwriters gave us an incredible adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s short story “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale” entitled Total Recall that was a highly-entertaining experience with a good balance of story and action. 22 years later, we are faced with another telling of the story (it’s hard to call it a remake as, while there are several similar elements, it has a different plot running through it) with a different cast, a different crew, and modern effects, so now we not only get to see how it measures up to the original, but also how it measures up as a film of its own.
Taking place in the future where there are only two inhabitable areas (Australia and part of Europe) on the Earth thanks to global warfare, the film tells the story of Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), a factory »
- Jeff Beck
This week: There's no trip to Mars or Arnold Schwarzenegger, but the remake of "Total Recall" has Colin Farrell, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston and — by popular demand — a new three-breasted prostitute.
Also new this week is Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams in the baseball drama "Trouble With the Curve," the ensemble high school reunion romantic dramedy "10 Years" and the female-driven musical comedy "Pitch Perfect."
Box Office: $59 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 30% Rotten
Storyline: In this remake of the 1990 movie of the same name that is also based on a Philip K. Dick short story, factory worker Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell) comes to believe that he's a real-life spy after visiting Rekall, a company that implants fantasy memories. Quaid then goes on the lam to find clues about his true identity in this dystopian sci-fi action movie directed by Len Wiseman. Kate Beckinsale stars as Quaid's lethal wife, Jessica Biel »
- Robert DeSalvo
Sony Pictures. big budget flick, Total Recall, is a gritty and dark film that lends itself capably to Colin Farrell.s acting skill and Jessica Biel.s ability to kick ass in fight scenes, which even I did not see coming. The flick breezed through theaters at the end of the summer, but if you missed Total Recall during its theatrical run, the film will be out on Blu-ray and DVD on December 18. Now, we have the entire first ten minutes of the movie, thanks to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Paul Verhoeven.s 1990 Total Recall was violent, goofy, and over the top, but from the opening scene of this year.s film, you can tell that.s not the direction Len Wiseman is going for. Following the trend of Blade Runner and later science fiction-oriented films, including Minority Report, Wiseman.s vision is full of tight corners and dark alleyways. »
As we all learned from The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, there's a truth in legends that transcends mere facts. If you're still unfamiliar with the quasi-mythical story of Sixto Rodriguez (as most people outside South Africa and Australia apparently were until this award-winning documentary made headlines) then Searching for Sugar Man (2012, StudioCanal, 12) tells a story so seeped in intertwining fact and fiction that you may start to wonder whether the whole thing isn't a set-up. Which, to some extent, it is...
Having recorded a couple of inspiring but utterly overlooked albums (Cold Fact and Coming from Reality), Detroit-based Rodriguez bizarrely became a cult figure among disaffected Afrikaner youth in the mid-70s, enjoying a popularity on a par with Elvis Presley or Simon and Garfunkel. Having first made inroads into the middle-class party scene thanks to bootleg recordings, »
- Mark Kermode
It says an awful lot when you consider Die Hard 4.0 (or to give its Us title Live Free Or Die Hard) is by far and away director Len Wiseman’s best film. This summer he brought us a truly dire remake of Paul Verhoeven’s sci-fi action classic Total Recall, which looked stunning yet had no substance whatsoever (aside from gazing at beauties Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel). We recently reported Universal had tapped him to helm a reboot/remake of their iconic The Mummy (were they sniffing glue?!) and it seems to be true.
‘It doesn’t have anything to do with the Brendan Fraser films, and it is not a remake of any kind. The Mummy is one of Universal’s long standing, iconic characters, well before the Brendan Fraser movies… »
- Craig Hunter
Sneak Peek stunt action video footage from the Toronto-set of "RoboCop".
"...in 'RoboCop', the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate 'OmniCorp' is at the center of robot technology.
"Their drones are winning American wars around the globe and now they want to bring this technology to the home front.
"Alex Murphy' (Kinnaman) is a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit. After he is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp utilizes their remarkable science of robotics to save Alex’ life. He returns to the streets of his beloved city with amazing new abilities, »
- M. Stevens
Should we run the risk of remaking this record Razzie winner?
Although he’s not directed a film since Black Book six years ago, Paul Verhoeven’s name has been bouncing around the internet as a result of two of his best-known films being remade. This year we had the remake of Total Recall starring Colin Farrell, which was by all accounts deeply disappointing, and in 2014 we will be treated to a rebooted RoboCop (if “treated” is the right word).
Assuming that it takes money, as Total Recall did, which other of Verhoeven’s films should the Hollywood remake machine be targeting next? Anything from Starship Troopers onwards is in far too recent memory, while his early and highly-regarded Dutch-language work isn’t well-known enough for American audiences to be pulled in: there are few out there who would be hyped just from hearing the words The Fourth Man, Spetters or Soldier of Orange. »
- Daniel Mumby
One of the most enjoyable half hours we spent during the Rome Film Festival was in conversation with director Paul Verhoeven. The filmmaker behind a large number of everyone's favorite popcorn movies from the late '80s/early '90s ("RoboCop," "Total Recall," Basic Instinct," "Starship Troopers") is experiencing something of a resurgence of late, with various films of his getting the subpar-remake treatment, which often has the unintended consequence of making us realize all over again just how much we loved the originals. Like so many of his films, the Verhoeven we met has himself been remade -- "rejuvenated" he claims, by the experience of making "Tricked" the 50-minute-long, partially crowdsourced film he presented at the festival. A soapy, silly and very fun melodrama, the film is the end product of a long experimental process of audience participation and interaction, but what struck us most is how very »
- Jessica Kiang
RoboCop has received quite the makeover for the upcoming remake of the classic film. Jose Padilha's "RoboCop" is faster, stronger and more accurate than we last saw him, at least according to a licensing video that has leaked.
The video comes from Imc Licensing (via /Film) and has since been removed, but the info that's been reported from that behind-the-scenes look at the movie tells us a lot about the film. The video is obviously a bit old as it didn't have the new "RoboCop" release date, but the rest of the information seems to be accurate. Find out more after the jump.
First up, /Film reports that "RoboCop is fast in this film, unlike the original." Add that to the fact he's not seen missing a shot in the licensing video, and we've got ourselves something of a superhero here. Though there have been set photos that show RoboCop in a black suit, »
- Terri Schwartz
It's fair to say that Brazilian filmmaker Jose Padilha's (Elite Squad) forthcoming remake of the 80s sci-fi classic RoboCop has been dividing fans of the franchise, as evidenced by the mixed reaction to the spy photos giving us our first look at the newly-redesigned Robo-suit worn by Joel Kinnaman's (The Killing) Alex Murphy. While some fans are looking forward to a fresh new take on the material, others have been highly critical of the changes - and indeed, the entire idea of remaking Paul Verhoeven's 1987 original.
So, if you fall under the latter category, or you're still on the fence about the reboot, then perhaps a newly-released licensing 'sizzle reel' will help to win you over. The four-minute video features a host of concept art, along with comments from Padilha, Kinnaman, producer Eric Newman and VFX supervisor Jamie Price. Oh, and there's also confirmation that RoboCop's »
The Robocop of 1987 will be looking to get a face-lift for the reboot movie set for 2014.
The original was directed by Paul Verhoeven who made his name from making gritty Sci-Fi movies, which besides the title just mentioned, includes “Total Recall” and “Starship Troopers.” Combing use of ultra-violence and sharp social satire “Robocop” became a staple of the genre.
With any Sci-Fi movie, it is the environment that elevates the material. The concept art for the business setting seems quite inline with the original which makes sense given the fact that OmniCorp is supposed to be austere and calculating, so much so they treat the man behind Robocop as meat. The scenery surrounding the streets though looks more warlike that the original which looked like a city in decay. »
- Ruben Gonzalez
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