Operator Lends Classic Vehicles For Sci-Fi Flick Remake

Posted on September 6, 2011

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NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ontario — Most chauffeured transportation clients don’t expect to see their vehicles looking like they’ve just been hit by bombs. But most chauffeured transportation clients are not a movie studio filming a remake of a 1990 science-fiction blockbuster called Total Recall.

Niagara Classic Transportation, a 55-vehicle operation, is known for its fleet of classic luxury vehicles and London-style “hackney” cabs. It contributed three hackneys and a double-decker bus to the film’s production company, who tweaked the vehicles and coated them with special materials to make them look blasted and burned. About two days were spent on the vehicle cosmetics, said Niagara Classic president David Mole.

“They used a double-decker bus and few of our older London cabs that were already a little beaten up and made them look post-apocalyptic, like they’d been hit by bombs,” Mole told LCT.

The vehicles, managed by Toronto film-vehicle broker MK Picture Car Services, were repaired and cleaned of surface gunk after the shoot, which took place on Sunday, August 21.

Touching up the star's makeup between scenes.
Touching up the star's makeup between scenes.

The production is among the largest ever in Canada, estimated to cost anywhere from $160 to $200 million. The principal filming locations will include Toronto and areas around the Greater Toronto area.

Total Recall is the film adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s story, “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale,” which revolves around the concept of memory implants and a man’s struggle to distinguish between true and synthetic reality. The original film was released in 1990 and starred Arnold Schwarzenegger. The exact plot line of the new version, directed by Len Wiseman and starring Collin Farrell, isn't yet known, but the film’s website says it will be released in August 2012.

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