Gerard Butler to Star in Escape from New York Remake

Before last weekend, Gerard Butler was basically a nobody in Hollywood. He was known only for starring in movies like Timeline, Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life and Joel Schumacher’s The Phantom of the Opera, but after the massive $70 million opening of 300, he is now on the verge of becoming a star. For a while now there have been rumours of an Escape From New York sequel or remake, and after the success of 300 it seemed like an ideal time for the producers to reveal that a remake is indeed in the works, with Butler slated to star. Butler’s name is all that was needed to send studios scrambling to secure rights to the pic, and a deal is expected to be announced later this week.

Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down) is writing the script, while Neal Moritz (The Fast and the Furious, xXx, Stealth) will produce. John Carpenter seems to be going nowhere near this new version of his 1981 cult classic. I liked Gerard Butler’s performance in 300, but I will come out and say it right now… this remake is a bad idea. No matter how much geek cred Butler just gained, he cannot possibly fill the shoes of Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken. And just looking at the kinds of movies that Neal Moritz is known for producing, there is a high probability this is going to be all kinds of suck. Besides, after Grindhouse comes out, Russell is going to be back in demand. Why not just do a sequel instead?

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  • MATT

    Sean, my sentiments exactly! Kurt still has it! I would love to see an older Plissken. After seeing him in Death Proof, he definately still has the edge, with that twinkle in his eye.

    Bottom line, there is just no other Snake.