Colin Farrell – "Total Recall reboot is darker"

Colin Farrell’s been talking up his reboot of Total Recall. Even though I’m loathe to acknowledge that such a thing can possibly exist, it’s at least interesting to hear what he has to say. According to him:

“The film, tonally, is really different. I loved that original and I’ve seen it recently and it’s still great. It’s so enjoyable from start to finish. But it’s really camp. I’m not sure how camp it was back then, because I didn’t have a reference for such notions when I was a kid. I didn’t find out my brother was gay until later, so I didn’t know what was camp! But yes, it is very much a different tone. It’s quite a bit darker.

“I say this not in a disparaging way, but there’s not as many kind of winks to the audience. It’s played a lot more straight. And of course, it’s going to be with the advent of certain technologies and special effects. I’ve seen some of the pre-vis stuff that Len has already designed with his team. It’s fucking amazing, man! I don’t know what the film is going to be like, but lookswise, it’s incredible.”

First off, Arnie fighting a spandex-wearing Sharon Stone before heading off to Mars in a fat-woman disguise then meeting a chick with three tits is CAMP?! What kind of universe does Farrell live in?

Oh, alright, I can sort of see his point. The original is completely ‘90s in a great, cheesy, screaming Arnie sort of way. But my love for it refuses to wane, especially because of its clever camera trickery and use of old school (or, yeah, modern in those days) effects. Farrell’s reboot is going to have to be something seriously special to trump it.

Interview via IGN