Director Len Wiseman Talks TOTAL RECALL, Building Worlds, and His Director’s Cut Which Includes 17 Minutes of Deleted Scenes

     August 6, 2012


Now playing in theaters is director Len Wiseman‘s remake of Total Recall.  Based on the short story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale by Philip K. DickTotal Recall stars Colin Farrell in the role originated by Arnold Schwarzenegger.  In the film, Farrell stars as Douglas Quaid, a man who is bored with his life (even though he’s married to Kate Beckinsale) and seeks to have adventurous memories implanted in his brain.  However, after visiting Recall, both friends and family are after him for different reasons.  But the big problem is he doesn’t know what’s real.  The film also stars Jessica BielJohn ChoBill Nighy, and Bryan Cranston.

The other day I got to speak with Len Wiseman here in Los Angeles.  We talked about the challenging shoot, the production design and building a new world, and deleted scenes.  In addition, at last month’s Comic-Con, Wiseman revealed to me that the Total Recall Blu-ray will have a director’s cut that’s 17 minutes longer.  During the recent interview Wiseman confirms that all the additional footage has been finished and talks about some of the scenes. Hit the jump to watch.

Len-Wiseman-Total-Recall-imageFinally, for my two recent interviews with Biel, here’s my Comic-Con interview and the recent junket interview.  Here’s my recent interview with Colin Farrell , Kate Beckinsale20 Things to Know about the film from my set visit, and my extended video interview with Cranston from Comic-Con and the recent one from the L.A. junket.

Len Wiseman

  • How challenging was the shoot?
  • Talks about putting together the production design with the visual effects to make it feel like the audience was on another world
  • 2:00 – Deleted scenes talk and what might be added to the director’s cut
  • 3:35 – Confirms that the 17 minutes that’s being added in for his director’s cut is going to be finished footage


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