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The Version of ‘Total Recall’ That Never Happened

The road through Hollywood is littered with the remains of projects that could have been. So while we continue to prepare for August’s release of Len Wiseman’s ‘Total Recall’ – another adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” – the Internet teases the version David Cronenberg once wanted to film. You decide which one might have been better.

These never-before-seen concept-art images come to us from production designer and illustrator Ron Miller, who shared them with io9.com. Cronenberg was on the hook to helm the production that eventually went to Paul Verhoeven, and Miller sketched these images with Pierluigi Basile before Cronenberg departed the project.

“Cronenberg’s ‘Total Recall’ would certainly have been a very different movie than the one ultimately produced,” says Miller, who also worked on ‘Dune’ and ‘New Alcatraz.’ “So different, in fact, was the story that Cronenberg evolved that it was proposed at one time that his version be filmed as a sequel!”

Neither versions came to pass, alas, and so we wait to see what Wiseman will deliver. In the meantime, here are shots of what Cronenberg and his team imagined. Tell us what you think.

All images courtesy of Ron Miller/io9.com.

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