Total Recall a une histoire aussi complexe que passionnante à suivre. Bien avant d’être le blockbuster de Paul Verhoeven le film était entre les mains de Dino De Laurentiis, qui le produisait, avec Bruce Beresford derrière la caméra et Patrick Szwayze dans le rôle principal.
Dans une scène coupée du documentaire Sense of Scale, Anthony Doublin, Gene Rizzardi reviennent sur la production et la construction de maquettes en Australie.
Vous pouvez retrouver ici des images du Total Recall imaginé par David Cronenberg.
What eventually became Pyramid Mountain in the Verhoeven version was originally a prehistoric Martian sphinx excavated from the Martian desert, and a good deal more screen time was have been allotted to Kuato, including an elaborate dream sequence where he morphed first into the sphinx and then into a kind of phosphorescent vagina. Cronenberg had some very Cronenberg touches, such as agents with guns hidden within their bodies, but absolutely my favorite idea of all those we came up with was to have camels imported from earth to haul freight across the Martian deserts. This would, of course, have been after significant terraforming had already been done...but not so much that the camels didn't have to wear respirators!