Total Recall by Piers AnthonyPublishers Weekly
In 1966, the late Philip K Dick published the novelette We Can Remember It for You Wholesale. A movie based on the story will be released next year; this book is a novelization of the script and the original novel. The first half of the book follows the original plot closely, despite transforming the unremarkable protagonist Douglas Quail into a musclebound man of action. Frustrated with his life, Quail decides to purchase a memory of a two-week adventure on Mars because he cant afford the real thing. However, while under heavy sedation preparatory to the installation of the memory, Quail remembers that he actually was on Mars as an intelligence agent and killer. Now that he has recovered the memory which had been suppressed by his employers, his life is in jeopardy. Here the novel deviates from Dicks philosophical original, becoming a more pedestrian if exciting slam-bang chase thriller. Judged on its own terms, the book works and its fun.
Douglas Quails dreams are haunted by images of Mars--a place where he has never been--until his visit to a company that specializes in memory implants catapults him into a conspiracy that overturns the basic premise of his life. Based on the Philip K. Dick story, We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, this sf adventure (to be released as a movie in 1990) by one of the genres most prolific and respected authors features fast-paced action and vivid imagery.
Total Recall (1990) Trailer [HD] - Arnold Schwarzenegger
Colin Farrell offered Schwarzenegger role in Total Recall remake
We may be eager to forget its lackluster remake, but the blockbuster Total Recall —which was released 25 years ago today—will live forever as a benchmark of gloriously silly science fiction. Difficulties in reimagining the story as a film forced the pair to take a long break from the Dick story to work on a different project. Over the course of many years, the screenplay went through more than 40 revisions. David Cronenberg, then only on the precipice of his cult glory, was the first director assigned to the project. He opted to take on Total Recall instead of an offer to direct a different film: The Fly , which was then snagged by commercial director Robert Bierman. After spending a year working on the Dick adaptation, Cronenberg parted ways with production, handing the baton off to Tender Mercies director Bruce Beresford.
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Total Recall Script
"NOW THIS IS THE PLAN: GET YOUR ASS TO MARS" - Arnold Schwarzenegger
In ''Total Recall,'' Arnold Schwarzenegger finds himself facing an existential quandary. It is the 21st century, and the technology of the day makes its possible for fully formed memories to be inserted into the minds of unsuspecting victims. So is Mr. Schwarzenegger actually a happily married construction worker named Doug Quaid? Or is Doug Quaid's whole identity a convenient fiction? Does he live on earth, as he appears to, or does he have another existence on Mars? Is he a person, or is he a dream?
The film is loosely based on the Philip K. The film tells the story of a construction worker who suddenly finds himself embroiled in espionage on Mars and unable to determine if the experiences are real or the result of memory implants. In , construction worker Douglas Quaid is having troubling dreams about Mars and a mysterious woman there. His wife Lori dismisses the dreams and discourages him from thinking about Mars, where the governor, Vilos Cohaagen, is fighting a rebellion. At Rekall, a company that provides memory implants of vacations, Quaid opts for a memory trip to Mars as a secret agent.