300 Star to be in Escape Remake

The hunky star of 300, Gerard Butler, is to star in the remake of Escape from New York--taking the role originally played by Kurt Russell
Gerard Butler has been looking for a hit in Hollywood for years, and he finally got it this past weekend with the hugely successful debut of 300. And now it looks like he may be appearing in another potentially big genre film: a remake of John Carpenter's classic Escape from New York.

Variety is reporting that Butler is "at the center of a package that CAA began shopping Monday" for a redo of the 1981 sci-fi action flick that originally starred Kurt Russell as the one and only Snake Plissken. Obviously Butler would take on that role, one of the great antiheroes of the movies, in the remake.

Neal Moritz is attached as producer and Black Hawk Down writer Ken Nolan is scripting. Variety also reports that "several studios" are fighting over landing the pic, largely because of Butler's new star power. Couldn't they see that star power coming like six months ago as the rest of us did?
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