Because both are the boards in Hollywood. Columbia Pictures apparently thinks that current special effects technology will make a new Total Recall, if not a better flick, at least a worthwhile one, and The Neverending Story is getting remade, because, well, Hollywood is creatively bankrupt and ran out of idea about a decade ago.
So which is more unnecessary? I’ve got to go with Total Recall on this one. I believe /Film has it right; the first Recall was a pitch-perfect combination of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Stan Winston’s effects, and Paul Verhoeven, all at their awesomest. You can’t recreate that, no matter how much you try or how many millions you sink into cutting-edge CG.
Also, I fucking hated The Neverending Story when I was a kid. Between the weird huge flying dog and the kid getting trapped in the book, I wanted nothing to do with it then, and I want nothing to do with it now, especially, if as io9 reports, Warner Bros. plans on making it with “a modern spin.” If that goddamn dog has a rap battle with somebody, I will seriously burn down every theater that it plays at.