Len Wiseman is in final negotiations to direct a remake of the classic sci-fi action film Total Recall for Columbia Pictures after the studio secured the rights from Miramax.

The film will be reimagined as a contemporary take on the story, based on Philip K Dick’s short story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale.

Kurt Wimmer is writing the screenplay and Neal H Moritz will produce through his Original Film banner. TriStar Pictures released Carolco’s 1990 original, which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as a man who gets involved in a Martian resistance struggle against a shadowy corporation. Paul Verhoeven directed.

Toby Jaffe will oversee production on behalf of Original Film, while Matt Tolmach, who along with Doug Belgrad is preseident of Columbia Pictures, and Sam Dickerman are overseeing for the studio.

“I have been trying for years to work with Len and fortunately we finally found a great project that he loves as much as we do,” Moritz said. “Len is terrifically talented and we know he is the right director to re-imagine Total Recall for a new generation of fans.”

“I’ve always been fascinated with Philip K Dick’s short story, and I’m excited at that prospect of diving even deeper into the type of world it evokes and the questions it asks,” Wiseman, who co-wrote and will produce Underworld 4, said. “I love that the most crucial mystery our character is trying to solve is the one of his own soul.”