'Escape' Now: '300' Star the New Snake Plissken
Butler to step into Russell's eye-patch
According to Variety, producer Neal Moritz and screenwriter Ken Nolan are looking to remake John Carpenter's 1981 cult classic "Escape From New York," starring "Timeline" and "The Phantom of the Opera" leading man Gerard Butler.
Of course, if those box office disappointments -- or "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life" or "Dear Frankie" or "Reign of Fire" -- were Butler's only credits, he wouldn't be the centerpiece of any new blockbuster remakes. However, Butler's most recent credit is a leading role in "300," which had a whopping $70 million opening last weekend.
Suddenly, studios are reportedly battling to give Butler the chance to step into Kurt Russell's mullet as Snake Plissken, a one-eyed convict who dares to infiltrate Manhattan -- a maximum security prison in Carpenter's dystopic future -- to rescue the waylaid President of the United States.
If the "Escape From New York" remake strikes a chord, the filmmakers can move on to Carpenter's somewhat less successful 1996 sequel "Escape to L.A."