Sony Expands Summer 2012 Movie Slate With Sandler Comedy, ‘Total Recall’ Revamp

Studio banks on laughs, futuristic makeover to draw big audiences during blockbuster season

Sony Pictures announced today that it's bolstering its summer 2012 release schedule with two comedies and a "re-imagining" of the 1990 blockbuster "Total Recall."

The Adam Sandler/Andy Samberg comedy "I Hate You, Dad" will be the first of the three to see release, on June 22. Sandler plays Samberg's father, who moves in with his son and immediately goes to war with his future daughter-in-law. Sandler is also co-producing the movie, with Jack Giarraputo and Heather Parry.

"Paul Blart: Mall Cop" actor Kevin James will also seek to bring laugh-craving audiences into theaters for Sony, starring in "Here Comes the Boom," which will see a July 27 release. The romp will feature James as a high-school biology teacher who moonlights as a mixed martial arts fighter in order to raise funds for his school's struggling music program. The film is being directed by Frank Coraci, who worked with James on the comedy "Zookeeper," due for release this July.

On the non-comedy front, Sony also announced that a revamp of "Total Recall" will hit theaters on August 3. Billed as "a new, contemporized reimagining of the science fiction saga," the Len Wiseman-directed film will find Colin Farrell taking the reins from Arnold Schwarzenegger, who starred in the 1990 film.

In announcing the new releases, Sony chairman Jeff Blake said the three additions will "round out a fantastic schedule. We love comedy in the summer and you can’t ask for better stars than Adam Sandler and Kevin James.  Total Recall has us excited not only because of its incredible pedigree … but we think this new project will really hit home with a new generation of moviegoers.”