Tuesday, March 13, 2007

FILM: Gerard Butler to Take on Snake Plisskin?

Rumours have surfaced that the action star from 300 will play Snake in an Escape From New York remake.

Apparently Gerard Butler has earned quite a name for himself with the recent $70-million opening weekend box-office success that is 300. Hollywood has taken note and it appears that the Scot is quickly on the rise. Producer Neal Moritz (The Fast and the Furious, S.W.A.T.) is set to produce the remake of the 1981 cult-classic while writer Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down) has script duties.

While I really like Gerard Butler in this role, I don't think that this film should be remade. Especially with this creative team. Escape From New York is a cult hit that defines Kurt Russell's career as well as the feeling of films in the 80s. Plus, Moritz has a track record for producing BAD movies. He's got films like Torque, xXx: State of the Union, and Stealth on his resume, along with the Fast and Furious trilogy. The guy is a hack and I'd hate to see him ruin something like a high-profile remake like this.

I'm also insecure with the choice of Ken Nolan as writer for the flick. The guy is fairly green with only one feature credited to his name and I don't think he can handle the duties of adapting the film alone. Sure, he has an entire film of reference material to work with, but I think he's a poor choice.

It'll be interesting to see how this picture turns out, if it does infact get made. I really like Butler in this role but I'd prefer him to make his mark in something new instead of a rehash of something from the past.

What do you guys think about this? Should a remake of John Carpenter's Escape From New York by made?


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Sonya said...

I really don't know, I'm not particularly against it. People can really surprise you, I find.

I mean, the guys who made American Pie also made About A Boy. And on the same grain, Guy Ritchie has made a great many amazing films and then... Swept Away. But your list of bad movies is rather convincing...

Anyways though I do agree that Gerard Butler should have a role that is all his for his entrance into Hollywood.

Larry_Chimp_Man said...

I agree that I should give Moritz a chance but I can't find one film he's produced that is better than mediocre. And he's done a ton of films.

Beside that point though, I just don't want an Escape From New York remake done, no matter who's doing it. It's a film that doesn't need to be duped.

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