Even though there's a new Total Recall coming out, I'm sure all of us have fond, three-breasted memories of the Paul Verhoeven version starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Before Verhoeven, David Cronenberg was given the reins of the adaptating the film. Though the script was developed for a year, the movie was junked. Yesterday, concept art for Cronenberg's version of Total Recall surfaced courtesy of artists Ron Miller and Judith Miller.
Cronenberg's adaptation of Total Recall was actually mentioned in the book Tales from Development Hell by David Hughes, which we covered earlier in the year. There's a full chapter on adapting Total Recall to the screen, as well as failed attempts to make a sequel. Apart from the tone and the style of the film, Cronenberg's version would have had a drastically different lead -- he wanted William Hurt to play Quaid.
Be sure to visit io9 for the full Cronenberg Total Recall gallery. After the cut, a brief excerpt from Tales from Development Hell about Cronenberg's Total Recall.
From Tales from Development Hell: