Image Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage.comGerard Butler is in talks to star in the bigscreen adaptation of the comic book series Afterburn. Frequently described as “Indiana Jones meets Mad Max,” the Red 5 title is set in the near future, after a massive solar flare strikes Earth, destroying the Eastern Hemisphere. Europe, Africa, Asia, India and Russia have become wastelands, and what life remains (like sharks!) is mutated. Butler would play Jake, who leads a team of “recovery experts” who venture into the danger zone to secure treasures like the Mona Lisa, the Rosetta Stone, and the Crown Jewels for wealthy Western clients. They have their competition, of course — rival treasure hunters, pirates, and hostile mutants. Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) is in talks to direct. According to Red 5, a draft of the script was written by Matt Johnson (Into the Blue), and Christian Gudegast (A Man Apart), is set to take another pass. Tobey Maguire and Neal Moritz have been attached to the project as producers since 2008, the year the comic, written by Paul Ens and Scott Chitwood, debuted.
What do you think? This sounds right in Butler’s wheelhouse after Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, 300, and Gamer. I’m all for a role that requires him to wear bicep-baring T-shirts (though I could do without Jake’s do-rag). And even though I’d like to see Butler in a good chick flick, his radar is slightly off when it comes to that genre (P.S. I Love You, The Ugly Truth, The Bounty Hunter).