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Len Wiseman to direct ‘Total Recall’

'Underworld' helmer boards Columbia's sci-fi thriller

Len Wiseman is in final negotiations to direct a “Total Recall” remake for Columbia Pictures.

Kurt Wimmer, who penned the studio’s hit “Salt,” is writing the screenplay, which is being described as a contemporized adaptation.

The 1990 film that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger is based on the Philip K. Dick short story “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale.” Col secured the rights to the sci-fi pic from Miramax.

Neal Moritz, who has been looking to team with Wiseman for years, will produce through his Sony-based Original Film banner.

Len has an incredible love of the genre and a great gift for action,” said Col prexy Matt Tolmach, who will oversee the project with Sam Dickerman. “He’ll bring a contemporary feel to the film while taking care with everything we love about (the) original story.”

Toby Jaffe will shepherd the project on behalf of Original.

Wiseman, who began his career in the art department on tentpoles such as “Men in Black” and “Independence Day,” wrote and directed “Underworld,” which spawned three sequels. His helming credits include “Live Free or Die Hard” and the pilot for “Hawaii Five-0.”

He is repped by ICM and attorney Howard Abramson.

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