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Gerard Butler to star in Escape From New York remake?

GerardButler.jpgTHIS IS BUTLER! Unbelieveable news here, and this could be either a complete triumph or disaster, but Gerard Butler could be starring in a remake of the classic John Carpenter film Escape From New York and playing the superb character of Snake Plissken made famous by Kurt Russell.

I loved that film, and I loved Russell from it, I think I began following him after that film and he quickly moved up my favourite actor list.

The film is about Snake who is a complete bad-ass anti-hero against all forms of establishment. He's been in prison and against the law more times than you could believe, and this is his last chance, but there's an out. The President's plane has crashed over the prison island of New York and the President is lost, the rescue team sent in to get him can't find him and they need one man who can blend in to go get him. So they fit Snake with an explosive device, a timer, and a single mission, get the President out alive and you'll live.

According to Variety several studios are looking to get the picture for a remake and to pull Butler into the action lead. Here's what they say:

Gerard Butler is at the center of a package that CAA began shopping Monday for a remake of John Carpenter's 1981 actioner "Escape From New York."

Neal Moritz is attached to produce, with "Black Hawk Down" scribe Ken Nolan penning the screenplay.

Apparently we're waiting to hear an answer this week. What do you think about this? Before 300 (Filmstalker review) I think we would have been a bit sceptical but now there's a damn good chance that he could pull this off. If the studio get behind it and do it right this could be a cracker of a remake and the names attached so far sound quite good.

Could it work? Could Butler carry off Snake, and if this turns out to be true could it work?





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Any word on who the director could be Richard?? As this is a very important piece of the jigsaw.

I know, but no word on who yet. The screenwriter looks positive though, however we know that process can go through a few different drafts before we see it.

Who would you like?

How about some good old British talent! Say Neil Marshall... He did a fine job in Dog soldier and the Descent. This could be right up is alley. He could give it a scary/horror feel to the movie and add monsters to it!! Something to spice it up and not just copy a old classic.
There Richard thats my thought for the day.

Mike, that's a cracker of an idea. He really could do the film some serious justice. I like it!

I couldnt get enough of Gerry! *swoons*

A remake of "Escape from New York"?

What an incredibly dumb idea and why would we want to see another actor other than Kurt Russell playing Snake Plissken? No wonder I am so bored with movies today when Hollywood keeps demonstrating how creatively dead it is with all these pointless remakes.

Let's see in Carpenters case we have already had a remake of Assualt on Precinct 13 and The Fog. Did I imagine it or was Halloween just remade too?

In any case the mediocre "Escape from LA" was a remake of "Escape from New York" in virtually every sense except for the location. I would rather just see a new Snake Plissken movie with Russell back but this time with an original story.

It has to be admitted of course that many of Carpenter's own movies are loose remakes of Rio Bravo and his excellent The Thing was also a remake.

Gerry Butler is a tremendous actor and this role is right up his alley. Actually, he could probably do it with one hand (or eye) tied behind his back. I think it will be terrific.

What an incredibly dumb idea and why would we want to see another actor other than Kurt Russell playing Snake Plissken?

Morbius, speak for yourself, any remake with Gerard Butler in it is welcome.

I have to agree with Morbius. I have no desire to see a remake of this movie ESPECIALLY without Kurt Russell as Snake. Nothing against Gerard, I love him, but this movie holds a special place in my cult movie loving heart.

I WOULD GO SEE ANYTHING WITH HIM IN IT .. HE IS A GREAT ACTOR .. HE CAN DO ANYTHING , HE'S DONE SO MANY MOVIES , AND LOOKS SO DIFFERENT IN EVERYTHING HE DOES , THAT IS WHY A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T KNOW WHO HE IS . BUT I HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING HIS CAREER FOR AWHILE AND I KNEW 300 WAS THE ONE TO PUT HIM ON TOP ,,, HE HAS A HUGE FAN BASE , I THINK WHAT EVER HE DOES FROM NOW ON WILL BE BIG BUCKS FOR THE STUDIOS !! SMART MOVE!!!!! HE'S GOT IT ALL , LOOKS , TALENT , HUMOR , AND A GREAT PERSONALITY ... HE TRULY IS A STAR !!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don't think there's any question about Butler being a good choice, but a remake seems really unnecessary for this particular movie.

Oh Meli, I just hate to disagree with you. I suppose it it was another actor theyre considering I will take your side but I love Gerry you see. ;)

Linda, you neednt scream though! *winks*

Sorry my computer was goofing up ! Not Screaming ! Just Excited !!! ha !

I understand where you're coming from Simone. I am curious though have you seen the movie? It's SOO cheesy, but wonderful and Kurt Russell is fabulous. I think Gerard is a mega talent and extremely easy on the eyes, but I'd rather not see him or anyone else for that matter re-invent Snake.
In the end I'd like to see this movie escape a remake.

Okay, let me take Butler out of this conversation for a moment. Right.

Now I love the film, yes it's cheesy, but that's part of it's appeal. I could see this being remade in a totally serious style with a much bigger budget, and we would have a different film all of a sudden, and one that could work given the right team.

Unnecessary it may be, but so was Hills Have Eyes and indeed the Assault on Precinct 13, both I believe were excellently modernised and gave us just as much, and in the case of the first film more. So you see remakes can work, but there has to be something of a hook in the remake, something that could be modernised and work, it also has to firmly hold onto what made the original so strong.

With Hills it was the modernisation of the horror, the level and reality of it, not to mention the style. With Assault it was style and the performances, and it managed to do it well.

Now I could see the same with Escape. Better effects, drop the campiness and raise the seriousness. The film has a lot to say about modern life still, but retain that level of anti-establishment and the complete bad-ass character. I honestly could see this working, and I love the original.

[i]Morbius, speak for yourself, any remake with Gerard Butler in it is welcome.[/i]

Yes Simone we know you would welcome ANY film with Butler in it, no matter how bad an idea it is.

I bet you have not even seen Escape from New York? (Which incidently is one of my favourite films.)

Let me explain then that the Snake Plissken character is basically Kurt Russell doing a big send up of Clint Eastwood's macho image while dressed in the gayest action hero outift you have ever seen. It's pretty funny really despite not being an out an out comedy.

Despite the wonderful premise of the movie that character as played by Russell made the movie.

A bad comparison perhaps but it would be a bit like making a remake of Some Like it Hot and casting another actor in the Tony Curtis role doing an impression of Cary Grant.

As I said earlier, Dumb idea.

I've seen it Meli yes.

I don't bet Morbius, this is actually a film I saw.

Very good points Rich!

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