Colin Farrell Talks About Remaking Fright Night and Whether He'll Appear in Total Recall
Posted 01.08.11 by Ryan
Irish actor Colin Farrell is no stranger to appearing in TV show adaptations (S.W.A.T., Miami Vice), but his latest work has been in remakes. In May , Farrell was cast in director Craig Gillespie's Fright Night remake, and, in October, Farrell was rumored to be the frontrunner for director Len Wiseman's Total Recall remake.
In Fright Night, Farrell goes vampire in the role Chris Sarandon played in the 1985 original. In an interview with Collider, Farrell couldn't reveal much about Fright Night, but did reveal that it was the script (written by Buffy the Vampire Slayer writer Marti Noxon) that drew him to the remake.
I didn’t want to like it when I read it. I really didn’t. Cause I wanted to be able to go, 'what they’re remaking Fright Night...Hollywood.' So I read it and I liked it. So f**k it, I’m going to go to work. And I’d seen [Gillespie's] Lars and the Real Girl and really liked that. The cast was incredible in it. So...entertainment. If it’s not that than it’s not... but it’s not in competition with the original. It doesn’t negate the existence of the original. The original is still around. It might find a new audience. If it’s not an hour and fifty minutes of entertainment than we screwed up.
While Fright Night wrapped production in October, Farrell has yet to commit to Total Recall. When asked about the project, Farrell's commitment level only rose to "I dunno."
Am I definitely doing that, are you going to ask? I dunno. I dunno. I’d like to. I just don’t know. I’m not sure. I haven’t been home for Christmas. I haven’t made the required calls. I don’t know. I think, maybe.
Farrell admitted he was intrigued with script, which will see Farrell take over the role originally played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1990 original, and revealed that the remake will deliver a good deal of action.
I’m curious to go to work on Total Recall as well. Script is cool. Script is smart. There’s a good bit of action. I don’t know that it’s… it kind of sits on the fence in a really good way. It kind of sticks to one half or the other. It’s clever. It’s clever and it’s well written. And there’s loads of action. I saw some of pre-visualizations already, that have been done for the world that they’re going to create and it’s wicked man. It’s the first time in years where I went, 'Wowww, I could be part of that? In that frame?' It’s gone back to the original.
The Total Recall remake script was written by Salt screenwriter Kurt Wimmer, and, like the 1990 version, is based on the Phillip K. Dick "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale". Farrell reportedly Don DeLillo's novel Cosmopolis for Total Recall, though, clearly, Farrell has yet to sign his name on a contract.
Next Showing: Fright Night
opens Oct. 7