Official Synopses for Skyfall and Total Recall
01.17.12 by BJSprecher
The announcement of the start of production and the title of the 23rd James Bond movie, Skyfall, was a big event in November of last year, with the producers trotting out Bond (Daniel Craig), M (Dame Judi Dench) and several newcomers for a star-studded press conference. Since that time, Sony has been less forthcoming about other aspects of the movie, from the plot to the surprising character that Ralph Fiennes is rumored to be playing. However, Sony has finally unveiled the synopses for several of its upcoming movies and Skyfall was included in the bunch, giving us a hint as to 007's next mission and adding a little fuel to the Fiennes character rumor fire.
Daniel Craig is back as James Bond 007 in Skyfall, the 23rd adventure in the longest-running film franchise of all time. In Skyfall, Bond’s loyalty to M (Dame Judi Dench) is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.
Skyfall was written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (Quantum of Solace, Casino Royale) and John Logan (The Aviator) and is being directed by Sam Mendes (Jarhead). The cast includes Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men), Naomie Harris (Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy), Ben Whishaw (The Tempest), Albert Finney (The Bourne Ultimatum), Helen McCrory (Hugo), Rory Kinnear (Quantum of Solace) and French model and actress Bérénice Marlohe. Skyfall opens Nov. 9.
Another upcoming movie that Sony has released a synopsis for is director Len Wiseman's (Live Free or Die Hard) Total Recall remake. Unfortunately, while we had hoped that the synopsis would help explain some of the ways in which Wiseman's movie was going to be "closer" to the late great author Philip K. Dick's short story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale," it pretty much reads like the synopsis for director Paul Verhoeven's 1990 movie.
Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), even though he’s got a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life — real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. Finding himself on the run from the police — controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston), the leader of the free world — Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) to find the head of the underground resistance (Bill Nighy) and stop Cohaagen. The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate.
Total Recall was written by Mark Bomback, James Vanderbilt and Kurt Wimmer. It opens Aug. 3.