On the heels of losing its latest director, the Escape from New York remake has lost its star as well...
Michael Fleming of Variety:
Before they shot a frame of film, Gerard Butler escaped "Escape From New York," the remake of the John Carpenter film.
Right after his turn as the Spartan in "300," Butler made a deal to play Snake Plissken in a film bought at auction by New Line. He left for creative differences. New Line is persevering: studio has brought Jonathan Mostow in to rewrite, with an option to direct.
Butler just began production on Lakeshore's "Game," which Lionsgate will distribute. He'll next be seen starring in the Richard LaGravenese-directed "P.S., I Love You," the Guy Ritchie-directed "RocknRolla," and Fox-Walden's "Nim's Island."
Maybe Butler's exit is a sign that yet another remake of a Carpenter classic is a bad idea and should be scraped...Wishful thinking I know...Stay Tuned...
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