Remake Total Recall? Blasphemy. Granted, Paul Verhoeven's 1990 re-imagining of the Philip K. Dick short story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale" wasn't exactly faithful to the source material, but then, neither was Blade Runner, and both are masterpieces in their own way. With Colin Farrell stepping into the lead role in the film, which will take place entirely on Earth, they might as well change the name entirely, and leave Recall's legacy untainted. Or, better yet, remake these other Arnold Schwarzenegger films that could stand to be updated for the new century.
It's almost impossible not be disappointed by the experience of actually watching The Expendables. It just promises too much! It's the Snakes on a Plane of South American dictators' castles being blown to hell by everybody's childhood favorites and six tons of C-4, you know? But I still enjoyed it, even if didn't melt my face off in exactly the ways I wanted it to.
In what will probably turn out to be another in a series of rumors about Terminator: Salvation, there's a possibility that Arnold Schwarzenegger might just actually appear in the film after all. Latino Review posted a picture of the Governator visiting the Salvation set and meeting with Christian Bale. Accompanying the picture they were sent was a not-that-well-written letter from a source indicating that Schwarzenegger was on the set to provide voiceover for the visual effects team to reference during post-production. And what good is a voice without the body of the original Terminator? The source also promises that the fully rendered digital face of Schwarzenegger will be replacing that of recently cast Roland Kickinger, who plays the part of the young Arnold. The same effect was done in the Star Wars prequels to put the face of Christopher Lee on his Jedi-fighting stunt double.
The Clinton News-Record is reporting that a former bodybuilder from Austria is set to play the T-800 in the upcoming Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins. No, Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't reprising the role he originated almost 25 years ago. But filmmakers apparently did the next best thing short of actually sending a casting director back in time to the 1980s: They hired Roland Kickinger, who once portrayed a young Schwarzenegger in a TV biopic about the now-governor of California. Kickinger doesn't have a gem like Hercules In New York on his resumé, but he seems to have all the other assets in place.
The guild probably didn't celebrate Tom Hanks urging ratification of the AFTRA contract, either. See, the leadership is urging AFTRA (a sister union; many actors are in both unions) not to ratify, because ratification might make it more difficult for SAG to negotiate. In fact, it's become something of a battle between SAG and AFTRA. Two weeks ago, in fact, SAG falsely claimed Hanks and George Clooney were anti-AFTRA. If there was any lingering doubt, I think Hanks' signature on the email shattered that.
Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger are embarking on an unusual adventure--one that leads them to Bollywood and to their first movie together. The veteran action stars don't even have to leave home to do it, because India is coming to them, according to The Guardian. The two have signed on to appear in Kambakkht Ishq, which translates to "Incredible Love." No, it's not a rom-com celebrating the California Supreme Court's recent ruling on same-sex marriage. The big-budget (£11m) production is the story of an Indian stuntman who moves to L.A. and "has to juggle the demands of avoiding on-rushing freight trains with finding love in the Californian metropolis." The on-rushing trains sound exponentially less daunting.