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Gerard Butler in talks for wilderness action flick Manhunt

04.18.2012
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I don't know when Gerard Butler sleeps.  Yet again, he is up for another action role, this time for the Breck-Eisner directed MANHUNT, which is slated to film later this year.

From Deadline: "The plot involves a team of FBI agents sent to the North Carolina wilderness to chase the FBI’s most wanted man, domestic terrorist and survivalist James Tollan, who has eluded arrest with the support of the local population while attacking the federal government. They enroll the help of a reluctant bear hunter to capture the killer. But once the team enters the woods, the hunters become the hunted as Tollan will stop at nothing to survive and defend his territory"

This reminds me a lot of the Tommy Lee Jones/Benecio Del Toro pic THE HUNTED.  Almost too much.  Sure, it could be enjoyable, but it's not beating me over the head with originality.  Breck Eisner (SAHARA) has the technical skill to pull off the film, but he feels like a safe choice to direct the film.  I won't be expecting a visionary take, but an action romp with a lot of predicability. 

Hopefully, I'll be wrong and they'll deliver something bad ass, but I'm not holding my breath.  I like Butler, but he's been hit or miss.  I'd rather see him team up with Guy Ritchie again as the director seems to bring out the best in ol' Gerry.

Extra Tidbit: Will Gerard Butler be able to get out of the shadow of Leonidas? Do you think he already has?
Source: Deadline

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12:21PM on 04/19/2012

Gerard Butler is awesome

He can do anything, and has a reputation for being a great guy to boot. Hell, I even like Dracula 2000. I say give the man the Batman cowl when Bale hangs it up, THAT will get him out from under leonidas
He can do anything, and has a reputation for being a great guy to boot. Hell, I even like Dracula 2000. I say give the man the Batman cowl when Bale hangs it up, THAT will get him out from under leonidas
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8:43AM on 04/19/2012
I think the movie sounds solid.
I think the movie sounds solid.
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12:19AM on 04/19/2012
So, will Butler be playing the bear hunter or the survivalist?

I like Butler, but he has been making poor career choices for a while. Rom-Com bullshit and high concept/poor execution action movies.

He could use a better agent. He was headed to the A-List, but since 300 in 2006 the only movie he has done that I think is any good is Rock-n-Rolla and that wasn't a hit. I liked the kids Dragon movie but that has nothing to do with him. The rest of his filmography is bad, and some of it is
So, will Butler be playing the bear hunter or the survivalist?

I like Butler, but he has been making poor career choices for a while. Rom-Com bullshit and high concept/poor execution action movies.

He could use a better agent. He was headed to the A-List, but since 300 in 2006 the only movie he has done that I think is any good is Rock-n-Rolla and that wasn't a hit. I liked the kids Dragon movie but that has nothing to do with him. The rest of his filmography is bad, and some of it is really awful.
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2:59PM on 04/18/2012
Sounds alot like First Blood meets Shoot To Kill (aka Deadly Pursuit).
Hated Sahara but quite enjoyed The Crazies remake, think it's a case of wait until the trailer before deciding on if I want to see this or not
Sounds alot like First Blood meets Shoot To Kill (aka Deadly Pursuit).
Hated Sahara but quite enjoyed The Crazies remake, think it's a case of wait until the trailer before deciding on if I want to see this or not
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