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Gerard Butler locked in for a futuristic thriller... No, not ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK: The Remake, another one!!!

Published at: May 17, 2007, 12:03 a.m. CST

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Another bit of news has come out of Cannes, besides the breaking news that I wish I was there of course, this time concerning Gerard Butler joining a futuristic thriller called GAME. The flick is the brainchild of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (CRANK) and is being produced by Lakeshore. This sounds a little fucked up. It's kind of based in the world of video games. Where do we go from here? Well, it seems that it's not enough to manipulate and control fictional creations on a TV screen, so this future has people controlling other human beings through nano-devices. Butler plays Kable, a world-wide sensation and top ranked warrior in a game called SLAYERS. He tries to regain his humanity and topple the system, all while being watched by millions of viewers. I don't know... these CRANK guys seem to be single-handedly returning action cinema to a kind of '80s fun we haven't seen in a while. This sounds like a new RUNNING MAN to me. Gerard Butler sounds perfect for this role. I just hope he doesn't start getting pigeon-holed in this kind of role. But whatever. He's good at it. Why not? Thoughts?


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  • May 17, 2007, 12:06 a.m. CST

    Sounds interesting

    by Prespez

    Hope he's doing this instead of the EFNY remake.

  • May 17, 2007, 12:07 a.m. CST

    IT WILL MAKE MILLIONS!!!

    by wackybantha

    If they change the title to "300 II."

  • May 17, 2007, 12:13 a.m. CST

    that sounds pretty fun actually

    by BadMrWonka

    it'll be fun for all the 13 year old boys with confused hard-ons to see Butler in something besides 300 and realize he's an actual actor...and a good one at that...

  • May 17, 2007, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Sounds good

    by tristeele

    forget about remaking EFNY.

  • May 17, 2007, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Yep.

    by lost.rules

    I'm in.

  • May 17, 2007, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Crank was guilty pleasure...

    by Alonzo Mosely

    but this sounds very, very cheesy...

  • May 17, 2007, 12:22 a.m. CST

    RE: IT WILL MAKE MILLIONS!!!

    by Kevin Bosch

    Don't most movies make millions anyway?

  • May 17, 2007, 12:22 a.m. CST

    summer blockbuster status?

    by THE KNIGHT

    we'll have to see..

  • May 17, 2007, 12:26 a.m. CST

    Watchmen?

    by Blueberry

    Butler is supposed to be also in the cast of the Watchmen movie. We know that they start shooting in Vancouver in August for a late 2008 release date. How come AICN, that gave us the news that Snyder was on board as a director months earlier than the official press release, doesn't have any rumors on the casting yet?

  • May 17, 2007, 12:32 a.m. CST

    Sounds like Death Race 2000 to me minus cars

    by ZupDog

    Sounds a little bit like Death Race 2000, obviously it doesn't sound like it's about cars but DR2000 was about controlling people through the tv and the game etc.

  • May 17, 2007, 12:37 a.m. CST

    Is Butler the new Jason Statham? Really?

    by Neo Zeed

    Hmmmm. Didn't see that one coming. I hope the effects and fights are better than Crank. Some of the action was good. But some parts (like that rooftop shootout) was like a cheap movie on IFILM.

  • May 17, 2007, 12:39 a.m. CST

    running man meets crank meets tron meets innerspace

    by Mr_X

    its a blockbuster, remember to add midgets with chainsaws

  • May 17, 2007, 12:51 a.m. CST

    My pitch...

    by Colonel Activity

    In a future where the laws of nature have abandoned mankind, there's temptation around every corner. Sweet, delicious, wonderful tasty temptation. Welcome to....CANDYLAND!!! (voice of Lord Licorice: I have a bit of a sweet-tooth...hahahaha!) SUMMER 2008

  • May 17, 2007, 1:01 a.m. CST

    I immediately thought Tron too

    by CherryValance

    As long as he doesn't sing.

  • May 17, 2007, 1:02 a.m. CST

    colonel...

    by rabidbothan

    that sounds sweet.

  • May 17, 2007, 1:05 a.m. CST

    CGI...

    by Colonel Activity

    will be used for The Gum Drop Mountains and Chocolate Swamp.

  • May 17, 2007, 1:18 a.m. CST

    Is he gonna continue to holler uncontrollably?

    by Doc_Strange

    300 consisted of a bunch of grimacing, hollering men running around half-naked. Unintentional, Homo-erotic tendencies aside, the movie sucked. All I got out of it was a bunch of guys going "AAAAAAAAAAARRRGGHHHH!!!!!!!!" and "SPAAAAAARRRTAAAAAAAAAA!!!!". That about sums up the whole movie.

  • May 17, 2007, 1:22 a.m. CST

    Doc_Strange

    by antonphd

    Do you know how I know you are gay? Because you watched 300 and all you saw was 'a bunch of half-naked homo-erotic guys sucking'.

  • May 17, 2007, 1:54 a.m. CST

    GB as Gunslinger

    by Pabodie

    Running Man again? I'd rather see GB do some other Stephen King thing. He'd make a good Roland.

  • May 17, 2007, 2 a.m. CST

    Where's the fuckin LOST talkback???????????????????????

    by Lamerz

    Damn you Herc!

  • May 17, 2007, 2:04 a.m. CST

    You know how I know YOU'RE gay?

    by Doc_Strange

    You watched 300 and actually enjoyed it.

  • May 17, 2007, 2:30 a.m. CST

    I'm guessing there won't be a Lost TB untill....

    by lost.rules

    after the season finale. Too many people now how it's going to end. Damn you, Sylar-eats-brains!

  • May 17, 2007, 3:19 a.m. CST

    That's a actually pretty decent concept...

    by KillaKane

    ...Crank was a lot of fun, with a decent budget and script this could be promising.

  • May 17, 2007, 3:48 a.m. CST

    Fucking hell...

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    ...it sounds like it should have Mark Dacascos in it, or maybe Michael Dudikoff.<p>Anyway, Crank, I believe, is a harbinger of the coming apocalypse. About damn time, really. We are pretty shit.

  • May 17, 2007, 3:52 a.m. CST

    Sounds cheesy as hell, but I think that's the point

    by Blarney-Man

    ...

  • May 17, 2007, 4:16 a.m. CST

    He's the new Russell Crowe

    by SteffanLongdon

    I know Gerard Butler as been in movies for a long time now but i think he's the new Russell Crowe, anyone agree?

  • May 17, 2007, 4:33 a.m. CST

    That bastard threw a phone at me the other day

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    So yes, SteffanLongdon, I do agree.

  • May 17, 2007, 6:01 a.m. CST

    There are worse things to be pigeon holed in

    by Yeti

    than an action star - seems to me Ah-nold did pretty well by it. So did Pre-meltdown Mel, kurt Ruseel and even Sly (well maybe not so much)

  • May 17, 2007, 6:05 a.m. CST

    Was kind of hoping the movie would be...

    by skitch

    Westworld...as much as I LOVE the original, this could be a remake worthy of the original with talented actors... Draw...

  • May 17, 2007, 6:08 a.m. CST

    Wait a minute...

    by Alientoast

    "I thought they were last year's winners!" "No, last year's LOSERS!"...Running Man, 80s cheese at it's best.

  • May 17, 2007, 6:09 a.m. CST

    Sounds more like a video game than a movie, anyway.

    by stones_throw

    <>

  • May 17, 2007, 6:48 a.m. CST

    Gerard Butler in REBOOT: Based on the Non-hit show

    by Spandau Belly

    With Framke Jensen as Hexa Decimal!<br><br>I'm slated to write, but casting is not yet confirmed.

  • May 17, 2007, 6:50 a.m. CST

    Crank was a steaming pile

    by cowboyone

    Video games are for nerds.

  • May 17, 2007, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Speaking of Running Man

    by salinacj

    That movie was a pile of donkey dung. It would be great if they re-made that movie, and actually followed the Richard Bachman story

  • May 17, 2007, 7:43 a.m. CST

    They should make the prequel first.

    by Diagnostic

    This move sound like a remake of<br>"the Running Man" but they're <br>gonna use Midi-chlorines to make <br>it more like "the Matrix". <br><br>

  • May 17, 2007, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Is there a Unviversal Themepark..

    by Diagnostic

    with a Running Man Ride?<br> Maybe this is based off <br> of that. <br> <br> Do you think they can use<br> term Midicholines? <br> I would love to see Lucas's Retort.

  • May 17, 2007, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Gunslinger

    by salinacj

    The Gunslinger is not a buff guy like Roarke and Butler. Its too bad Clint Eastwood is too old, he would be perfect. Maybe Daniel Craig!

  • May 17, 2007, 8 a.m. CST

    I loved Reboot

    by emeraldboy

    Main frame were revoluntionaries.

  • May 17, 2007, 8:03 a.m. CST

    SO I guess having an extra life seems impossible?

    by DallasGoodbar

    What's the point of playing if you can't reboot and learn from your mistakes?

  • May 17, 2007, 9:01 a.m. CST

    80's are back

    by SpencerTrilby

    at last! Now, if someone could make an uber-expensive spy-action flick with some fantasy/sci-fi elements and not being afraid of going OTT (say, like the Roger Moore's 007, with better acting and without the cheese) It'd be awesome! Some kind of Terminator/Robocop meets Indiana Jones. I've heard that Favreau intends somthing like that with Iron Man. Hope it's real. I dug the "gritty" Batman Begins, but it lacked 'splosions.

  • May 17, 2007, 9:06 a.m. CST

    CRANK was not a guilty pleasure

    by slone13

    It was just a shitty movie. I didn't even finish watching it.

  • May 17, 2007, 9:25 a.m. CST

    THIS! IS!! GAME!!! OVERRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by godoffireinhell

    Bring it!

  • May 17, 2007, 9:44 a.m. CST

    This is not TRON...THIS! IS! CAKETOWWWWWNNN!!!

    by SpyGuy

    FRRRRRRROOOOOOSSSSSTIIIIIINNGGGG!!!!

  • May 17, 2007, 9:59 a.m. CST

    I hope the Bishop of Battle makes a cameo . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    You can't have flesh-and-blood people in video games without The Bishop of Battle.

  • May 17, 2007, 10:22 a.m. CST

    FINISH THE GAME! NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Tron remake starring Billy Zane

  • May 17, 2007, 10:24 a.m. CST

    BRUUUSH YOOOUR TEEEETH

    by occula

    this IS a pretty good idea, and i'm a girl who doesn't even play video games. you know who would have been in this movie 10 years ago? tom cruise. i'm glad to see gents like butler taking the reins.

  • May 17, 2007, 10:44 a.m. CST

    has there been one good Video Game movie?

    by modlight

    Other than Tron.

  • May 17, 2007, 10:57 a.m. CST

    CRANK was utter crap!

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    As much as I like Jason Statham, I'm sorry for him being in this scrapheap of a movie. The cutting was awful, the action completely boring, the dialogue laughable. And the wannabe-funny "sex scene" was an unbounded cheek.

  • May 17, 2007, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Occula's a girl?

    by Jakes Nel

    I mean... hey, baby.

  • May 17, 2007, 11:50 a.m. CST

    AHHAHAHAHAAHAH

    by occula

    jakes, you just made my morning. yes i am a girl. however, i am married to a video game designer, therefore i have a total lack of authority on all things gamer because i am one of those wives who don't listen. my husband tells me stuff like 'today the tools broke' and i say 'i don't speak spanish.'

  • May 17, 2007, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Sounds like a Shit Forever Peace

    by DannyOcean01

    Fuck off

  • May 17, 2007, 12:10 p.m. CST

    The good ones are always taken...

    by Jakes Nel

    Hey, Occula, if you know any other Talkback babes... I mean ladies, be sure to send them my way. I look like Chuck Norris and can almost cook my own meals now. No, seriously.

  • May 17, 2007, 12:31 p.m. CST

    *thumbing through my black book*

    by occula

    jakes, i will make sure that the babes i send you do not have chest hair. but the real question is, can you potato-sack the ladies?

  • May 17, 2007, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Butler needs to be Preacher

    by Purgatori

    Come on...He's Jesse. Just look at him. You know it's true. Anyone else remember that cruddy movie with Peter Bilingsley called Arcade? That was some true blue direct to video brown gold right there.

  • May 17, 2007, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Another chick?

    by Purgatori

    Wordy McWord occula, mah fellow sistah.

  • May 17, 2007, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Crank was a fuckin' HORRIBLE movie...

    by RedEyeDistrict

    seriously I'd rather watch AVP again than that shit. Ugh

  • May 17, 2007, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Is he gonna SCREAM!!! through this one, too?

    by Mosquito March

    After 300, I'm hoping he'll star in a movie with Al Pacino, Sam Jackson and Nick Nolte, where they can all scream their conversational dialogue at the tops of their lungs.

  • May 17, 2007, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Hi, Purgatori...

    by Jakes Nel

    You're really a dude, aren't you? Occula, What does potato-sack mean? Sounds filthy.

  • May 17, 2007, 12:50 p.m. CST

    nice, purgatori

    by occula

    pilgrims in an unholy land!

  • May 17, 2007, 12:52 p.m. CST

    jakes, i don't believe it!

    by occula

    you don't know that chuck norris doesn't teabag the ladies, he potato-sacks them? time to read up, my friend.

  • May 17, 2007, 12:53 p.m. CST

    I can never understand these damn furriners' accents

    by Moa Kaka

    Hope he works on learning English soon.

  • May 17, 2007, 12:59 p.m. CST

    you know, now that i read that...

    by occula

    it makes no sense. isn't it the ladies' job to do the teabagging? my husband is probably going to beat me for not knowing that when he gets home from his long days' work of making money to pay the mortgage.

  • May 17, 2007, 1 p.m. CST

    Occula

    by Jakes Nel

    You are one sick female. Too bad you're married.

  • May 17, 2007, 1:01 p.m. CST

    i'm just glad

    by occula

    this concept is not based on a philip k. dick story. or is it? we have had enough of lackadaisical dick adaptations. seems like every 10 minutes there's one starring some generic dude running around.

  • May 17, 2007, 1:04 p.m. CST

    jakes, thank you for the compliment.

    by occula

    i am rawther sick. i would say more but i don't want to get banned from the TB, nor do i want the FBI red-flagging my online presence. although who am i kidding, i've probably been on some kind of watchlist since i fooled around with girls in college.

  • May 17, 2007, 1:15 p.m. CST

    So true...

    by Jakes Nel

    So few truly good Dick adaptations (I did like A Scanner Darkly, though). What's the new one? Next? With poor ol' Nic Cage. Hasn't made a good movie in ages. P.S. I experimented with girls in college too. And most of them seemed to like 'dick adaptations'... See what I did there?

  • May 17, 2007, 1:19 p.m. CST

    NICE.

    by occula

    taking your lead: i realized i like dick adaptations too. pa-POW!

  • May 17, 2007, 1:34 p.m. CST

    If you think this is good...

    by Jakes Nel

    ...check out the Rocky Joke Contest TB. Those guys are having a hoot, I'm tellin' ya. Guess that's what happens when there's no real "cool news" to debate.

  • May 17, 2007, 1:56 p.m. CST

    apparently.

    by occula

    i suck at jokes and even i know those are dogshit. uh, no offense, jokesters.

  • May 17, 2007, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Spandex

    by carphalen5150

    I just hope they get Maria Conchita Alonzo in this thing wearing spandex.

  • May 17, 2007, 2:33 p.m. CST

    SALINACJ - RE: GUNSLINGER

    by saintsfreak

    Daniel Craig?!? Have you seen him as Bond? If Butler or Mickey won't work, neither will Daniel. Try again.

  • May 17, 2007, 2:51 p.m. CST

    crank was cool.butler is cool,idea is cool.

    by pipergates

    .

  • May 17, 2007, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Crank was good...if you have ADHD

    by Mr Incredible

    The premise: interesting; the execution: annoying. The ending: absolutely stupid. Statham, work on the TRANSPORTER 3, please.

  • May 17, 2007, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Nick Nolte, Al Pacino, and now Gerard Butler.....

    by Doc_Strange

    Need to go into a big room all by themselves and just holler until they can't holler anymore. AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! <p> Seriously, do people think yelling at the top of your lungs makes for good cinema? The fuck are YOU smokin?

  • May 17, 2007, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Gerard Butler as...

    by Cigsandcoffee1756

    The Comedian!!!!!!!!! Please let it be.

  • May 17, 2007, 7 p.m. CST

    Crank was the BIGGEST shitfest!

    by F-1000

    It was a movie that tried to be all style and no substance and didn't even get that right. It was so bad I rechecked the opening credits to make sure my friend (who rented the movie) wasn't playing a cruel joke on me and that Crank wasn't a Uwe Boll movie. Is a movie by Uwe Boll the only movie AICN DOESN'T like? Crank was definitely right down there close to Bloodrayne. Crank was so utterly souless you couldn'tt even enjoy it for the fact that it was a bad movie.

  • May 17, 2007, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Crank's claim to innovation:

    by F-1000

    You know a movie sycks when their most used "special effect" is Google Earth. Come on, my fucking local news stations think that they're innovative for using it.

  • May 17, 2007, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Okay, now I need to see Crank

    by Spandau Belly

    I sorta used to think it was the movie everybody was complaining about the month it came out and that was revived when it hit video, but now I realize it has some enduring quality to it that has kept in the conscience of all of you talkbackers and I feel compelled to know what the deal is with this film.

  • May 17, 2007, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Will they fight in the dark?

    by David Lazarus Long

    I USE ENCARTAAAAAA!!! O_O;

  • May 17, 2007, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Why DON'T they just call it Running Man?

    by Spice-Orange

    Id be more pshyched. you too, yeah?

  • May 17, 2007, 10:24 p.m. CST

    The crap keeps coming.

    by kabong

    Maybe Uwe Toilet Boll can direct. <p> BTW, Crank is free on the Internet. That's how good it is. Ha ha ha ha.

  • May 18, 2007, 5:50 a.m. CST

    Quality not quantity...

    by Henry Fool

    But I don't know if this is the project for him. I love the whole 'most dangerous game' genre of film. Still, he can write his ticket after 300's mega gross. If he's going to become a genre idol then I hope he picks and chooses those kinds of projects. He should wait for a quality project, one people will remember. The Matrix (the first one), Spiderman 2, The Terminator, Predator, Dark City, and Aliens are all pretty good examples of films from the past twenty-five years that have kept their staying power as the time ticks by and still stand as unique (and with rabid fan bases still singing their praises). It may not be realistic to hope for. In fact, let's face it, it isn't. But actors tend to lose their charisma when they start making movies that are just gowing through the motions. Look what happened to Arnold Schwarzenegger in the post 'True Lies' era. If you're going to take trash for jobs, then make sure you take it out of the park and fill the bin with shit that knows how to rock your world. Man, it makes me ache for my childhood (which kind of sucked). The 80's may have been the nail on the lid of the coffin of great 70's films, but they sure did have kick ass action movies.

  • May 18, 2007, 11:10 a.m. CST

    yeah the running man was the first thing I thought of

    by misnomer

    too. crank was kind of cool really, I'm all for this.

  • May 18, 2007, 11:14 a.m. CST

    salinacj

    by misnomer

    please tell me you realise that Richard Bachman was actually a ghost name for Stephen King. "OVER HERE CHRISTMAS TREE!" classic.

  • May 18, 2007, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Crank was fun

    by liljuniorbrown

    Just action movie fun ,not an Oscar caliber deal but come on...An antihero who snorts coke ,fucks his girlfriend in public and just generaly beats ass to raise his adreniline up to keep from dying. Just good fun. This new one sounds good too.