I must preface the following with two admissions:
Firstly, the original 1990 Paul Verhoeven/Dan OíBannon /Arnold Schwarzenegger version is one of my favourite films. I just watched it again last night; must have seen it more than any other film, and still canít decide if it is a false memory or a real experience.
Secondly, I have never read, We Can Remember It For You Wholesale
; I donít know how that is possible, since Iíve read loads of PKD, especially those collections of short stories you can borrow from the public library, but it just wasnít ever in one of those collections.
So, obviously the trailer for this new version interests me, even more so that it has been in development for so long Ė it was originally going to be directed by Jonathan Frakes. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1386703/trailers
After watching the trailer, I donít feel like I need to see the film. Douglas Quaid is now a factory worker, but other than that it seems that the plot follows the first film almost word for word Ė and I really literally mean, word for word, except that there is no MARS! No dreams of Mars. No holiday to Mars. No ancient civilisation on Mars, or exploited workers on Mars. Now it seems like another chase film. Kate Beckinsale is in it because every Len Wiseman film must have her, just like every Tim Burton film stars Johnny Depp.
It even has the woman with three breasts only now she says the cab driverís line to him instead. She was meant to be a Martian mutant; as a result of radiation due to the cheap domes Cohaagen forced his Martian workers to live under. So, the reason for her unique physiology is unclear to me.
The original version is pretty gory with a body count of 77 and numerous losses of limbs. The original cut of the movie was given an X-rating by the MPAA for excessive violence. Some violence was trimmed and different camera angles were used in some of the more over the top scenes and the movie was then re-rated R. This version is going to be a child-friendly MPAA Rating: PG-13.
Having said that, I undoubtedly will see it at some point.