‘Underworld’ director Wiseman will have total recall

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With “Inception” showing that the reality-dream divide can be fertile (and lucrative) cinematic territory, Sony is pushing ahead with its own take on the theme.

The studio and producer Neal Moritz are moving forward on their “Total Recall” reboot, and are set to bring on director Len Wiseman for the new film.


The new take on the Philip K. Dick story -- which Paul Verhoeven and Arnold Schwarzenegger collaborated on back in 1990 -- has been in development at the studio with a script from “Salt” writer Kurt Wimmer before negotiations commenced with Wiseman.

The fillmmaker, who directed two of the “Underworld” movies as well as “Live Free or Die Hard,” has been in demand for a number of studio action fantasies. He’d been pursued/attached to an apocalyptic thriller called “Nocturne,” the comic-book adaptation “Shrapnel” and a “Gears of War” movie. But most of those development projects are stuck in a, well, lower gear, and this gives Wiseman a movie with some heat -- he had recently turned his attention to TV, shooting the pilot for the “Hawaii Five-O” reboot -- while giving Sony a little momentum on a gestating remake.
No word yet on how Wiseman will interpret the head-trippy story of a man who may or may not travel to Mars to fight a tricky enemy. The director did say that he “love[d] that the most crucial mystery our character is trying to solve is the one of his own soul.”

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