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Gerard Butler Teams With Hyde Park, STX For International Thriller 'Remote Control'

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By Kasey Williams

Gerard Butler, the 50-year-old Scottish actor known for hits like The Phantom of the Opera and 300, has teamed up with Hyde Park and STXfilms to produce an international thriller entitled Remote Control.

Which begs the question: Does Gerard Butler have a massive student loan or something?

Per The Hollywood Reporter: Butler will play Michael Rafter, a former war correspondent turned corporate security consultant who gets caught up in a global conspiracy and finds himself fighting for his life against a powerful shadow organization.

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When his own identity is erased, Rafter has to go on the run with Tracy, a former lover who is also implicated in the conspiracy.

Butler will also act as a producer on the film alongside Alan Siegel through G-Base Entertainment. Ashok Amritraj will also produce for Hyde Park.

In his directorial debut, Oscar-nominated cinematographer John Mathieson, who's shot such films as Gladiator, Logan, and The Man From U.N.C.L.E., will helm the project written for the screen by Mark Burnell, who also wrote the source material.

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The Scottish actor, who enjoyed some serious box office success in the 2000s with the aforementioned 300, The Ugly Truth, and How To Train Your Dragon, has taken a different route as an actor over the last decade.

In 2013, Butler starred in the action/thriller Olympus Has Fallen with Morgan Freeman, a film with little critical fanfare and a relatively large budget that sparked a trilogy, which ended last year with Angel Has Fallen.

Each film, it should be noted, shrunk its budget and still garnered solid returns at the box office.


How To Train Your Dragon also turned into a trilogy, coincidentally ending last year with the Oscar-nominated How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.

In between these successful franchise installments, Butler has made some intriguing -- and often maligned -- films, such as 2016's Gods of Egypt, 2012's Playing For Keeps, and 2017's Geostorm, the latter of which was completely gutted by critics but still managed to pull in roughly $222 million at the worldwide box office, most of which came from China.

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It's far too early to determine whether or not Remote Control will be a critical or commercial success, although the relatively unknown nature of the source material -- also entitled Remote Control -- raises some questions.

Regardless, this may be Butler's niche, much like that of a late-career Nicolas Cage or John Travolta. If studios are willing to give him the money, why not?

He's never been known for his acting prowess, so he might as well embrace it and continue down this route until he runs out of road.

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