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Underworld's Wiseman in Talks to Direct Total Recall

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 29, 2010 at 6:27AM

Sony is back in the Len Wiseman business. And a major studio is greenlighting yet another remake of an Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle; they have to hope this one will do better than the recent Predators.
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Sony is back in the Len Wiseman business. And a major studio is greenlighting yet another remake of an Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle; they have to hope this one will do better than the recent Predators.

The director who commandeered Sony's lucrative Underworld franchise is now in talks, the studio announced Thursday, to take over a remake of sci-fi actioner Total Recall:

The film will be a new, contemporized adaptation of Total Recall, which was based on the story, “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick.  Kurt Wimmer is writing the screenplay.  Neal H. Moritz will produce through his Original Film banner.

Wiseman comes from the production design side of filmmaking, starting out in the art department on Godzilla, Stargate, Men in Black, and Independence Day. He moved into directing commercials for PlayStation, Time Warner, Oracle, Intel and Activision, as well as music videos for Quarashi, Rufus Wainwright, Megadeath, En Vogue, Static X, Paul Oakenfold, and Brooke Allison. 
 
Wiseman wrote and directed Underworld and directed and exec produced Underworld: Evolution; he produced Underworld: Rise of the Lycans All three starred his wife, Kate Beckinsale, who will also star in the upcoming Underworld 4, which Wiseman is co-writing and producing. He also directed the hit sequel Live Free or Die Hard and the pilot for Hawaii Five-O.

Columbia Pictures obtained the rights to Total Recall from Miramax. Original Films' Toby Jaffe will oversee production, which will be supervised at Columbia by Matt Tolmach and Sam Dickerman.

This article is related to: Genres, Studios, In Production, Sci-fi, Remake, Sony/Screen Gems/Sony Pictures Classics


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.