recalling the lost TR sequel
from trivia's to TR90, Minority Report and TR2012
Paul Verhoeven and Arnold Schwarzenegger had planned to re - team for Carolco's " Crusades " but it fell apart due to an ever increasing budget and ongoing financial problems at the mini studio. As part of Schwarzenegger 's pay or play deal, he got the rights to this film and had for a long time planned a sequel with Jonathan Frakes.
The Tom Cruise science fiction flick Minority Report (2002) which was based on the Philip K. Dick short story was originally going to be the sequel to Total Recall (1990) which Arnold Schwarzenegger would return as Quaid. Total Recall 2: The Minority Report would take place after the events of Total Recall (Which it would be revealed that it wasn't a dream) and the film would see Quaid now working for an elite law enforcement agency which mutants from Mars use their physic abilities to predict crimes before the crimes are committed and Quaid is forced to go on the run when the mutants predict that he is going to commit a murder in 48 hours and he sets out to stop the murder from happening and prove his innocence. Due to 5 years in development hell, Total Recall 2: The Minority Report was abandoned and became Minority Report (2002) and Total Recall (1990) was remade in 2012 with Colin Farrell as Quaid.
The adaptation of the short story "The Minority Report" by Philip K. Dick was originally planned as a sequel to Total Recall (1990) by the writers of the Total Recall movie, Ronald Shusett and Gary Goldman (later joined by Robert Goethals). The setting was changed to Mars with the Precogs being people mutated by the Martian atmosphere, as established in the first film. The main character was also changed to Douglas Quaid, the man played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. The project eventually fell apart due to Carolco's bankruptcy (after, in an attempt to save itself financially, the indebted studio chose to produce the pirate adventure and huge box office bomb Cutthroat Island (1995) instead of this and Paul Verhoeven's Crusade (1999), a bloody war adventure and satire of the medieval Catholic church starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Charlton Heston as the warmongering Pope) but the writers, who still owned the rights to the original story, rewrote the script, removing the elements from "Total Recall". This script was eventually tossed out when writer Jon Cohen was hired in 1997 to start the project over from scratch. The only original element from the early script which made it to the final film is the sequence in the car factory, an idea that Steven Spielberg loved. This led to the original writers suing for the right to have their name in the film's credits as co-writers. Due to the extremely strict rules of the writers' guild about how much of the script must be written by a person to get the writing credit, the final ruling was that the original writers can only get the executive producer credit, and not the writing credit, which they begrudgingly agreed to.
Colin Farrell previously appeared in Minority Report (2002), which was also adapted from a Philip K. Dick short story, and had originally been developed as a sequel to the original film version of Total Recall (1990).
Due to the film's success, a sequel was written with the script title Total Recall 2, and with Schwarzenegger's character still Douglas Quaid, now working as a reformed law enforcer. The sequel was based on another Philip K. Dick short story, "The Minority Report", which hypothesizes about a future where a crime can be solved before it is committed—in the movie, the clairvoyants would be Martian mutants. In 1994, producer Mario Kassar spoke with director Ronny Yu about possibly helming the sequel. In 1998, actor-director Jonathan Frakes was also attached to the follow-up. The sequel ultimately was not filmed, but the script survived and it was changed drastically and contained greater elements from the original short story. The story was eventually adapted into the Steven Spielberg sci-fi thriller Minority Report, which opened in 2002 to commercial success.