“Total Recall” scripters Ron Shusett and Gary Goldman have been commissioned by Carolco Pictures to pen the sequel, tentatively titled “Total Recall II.”
The lead is being written for Arnold Schwarzenegger, who starred in the original, although he is not confirmed for the sequel.
According to his representatives, the film is on his future project slate, but he won’t commit to it until he sees a script.
“Recall” helmer Paul Verhoeven is involved in the development and has first shot at directing the picture. However, Verhoeven hasn’t inked a contract yet, according to his spokeswoman.
The three-year delay since the original was partially due to difficulties obtaining rights to the short story “Minority Report” from the late Philip K. Dick’s estate.
Shusett’s ICM agent Diane Cairns confirmed that negotiating rights was exceptionally difficult to “choreograph.”
Carolco insiders said Dick’s 25-page “Minority Report” is as complex and futuristic as his short story that inspired the original, “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale.”
Dick is also known to sci-fi buffs as the writer of the novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” which inspired director Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner.”
The original “Recall” screenplay was penned by Goldman. Shusett — one of the producers on the original — was brought in to rewrite the script, and the two wound up co-writing with Dan O’Bannon.
Goldman and Shusett reportedly worked so well together that they decided to co-write the sequel from the outset.
Carolco’s Mario Kassar will exec produce.
“Recall” was budgeted at $ 48 million. Pic grossed $ 119.4 million Stateside and approximately $ 150 million in foreign box office.