Gerard Butler to Star in Crank Directors’ Game

The Hollywood Reporter via Rope of Silicon reports that Gerard Butler (most recently in the mega hit “300”), and who is primed to take over the role of Snake Plissken in the upcoming “Escape from New York” remake, will first be starring in “Game”, a thriller from writers/directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, who last helmed the Jason Statham action-a-second fest “Crank” (and will probably also do the sequel). First up for Butler though is “P.S. I Love You” alongside Hilary Swank.

“Game” is described this way:

The new thriller takes place in the near future, when mind-control technology has taken society by storm. In this dystopian world, the ultimate online simulation environment is humans remote-controlling other humans in mass-scale, multiplayer online gaming. Butler plays Kable, the No. 1-ranked warrior in the highest-rated game, called “Slayers.” With his every move tracked by millions, Kable’s ultimate challenge is to regain his identity and bring down the system that has imprisoned him.

I always look at virtual reality-based movies this way: if you got the budget for it, go for it; if not, leave it to the big Hollywood movies. This one will obviously have the budget for it, so go for it, I say.