Butler Eyeing Escape From New York Remake

March 13, 2007

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Riding high on the success of 300, star Gerard Butler may next don the eye-patch of Snake Plissken in a remake of Escape From New York. In the original John Carpenter film, Kurt Russell played Snake, a convicted bank robber sent to Manhattan (now a maximum security prison) to save the President of the United States, who has crashed there.

There were no mention of changes to be made, but I'm assuming the '81 original's futuristic date of 1998 will be pushed ahead a bit (so that it's the future), and the part about terrorists hijacking the president's plane to crash into Manhattan, in good taste, will likely be altered as well. I propose, being that it's set in the future, the president accidentally teleports to the island instead of his planned destination of Moon White House. Once he realizes the error, he asks to be teleported back, but that's when he realizes that there's no way to talk to someone once you're teleported away from them. At the end, after Snake saves him, the president holds a conference enacting a new law that requires walkie talkies when teleporting, which he dubs "The Snake Act." Snake looks at the camera and winks, but with his eye-patch the audience is left wondering if it was just a slow blink.

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