EON to produce new action thriller 'Remote Control' with Gerard Butler

Seems EON Productions have their first project post-NTTD lined up...

BB and MGW are executive producing an action thriller with Gerard Butler, called Remote Control. Full article from Deadline here.

The plot:

The movie which will follow Michael Rafter (Butler), a former war correspondent turned corporate security consultant, whose life is overturned when he receives a mysterious phone call from an unknown source.

Intrigued by the caller’s intent, Rafter investigates and soon uncovers the threads of a global conspiracy, finding himself drawn into a fight for his life and pursued by the 212, a powerful shadow organization. Rafter soon discovers he has been targeted and framed as the notorious international assassin, Julian Irving. With his own identity erased, Rafter turns to the only person he can trust – his former lover, Tracy, who is also implicated in the conspiracy. On the run together, they must stay ahead of the 212, the CIA and a team of professional assassins, and unravel the mystery while trying to stay alive.
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  • jake24jake24 Sitting at your desk, kissing your lover, eating supper with your familyModerator
    edited February 18 Posts: 10,239
    Another EON-produced Mark Burnell adaptation? Sounds like another box-office catastrophe.
  • jake24 wrote: »
    Another EON-produced Mark Burnell adaptation? Sounds like another box-office catastrophe.

    If they give it the same nonexistent marketing, yeah.
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    Weird.
  • Posts: 10,968
    I guess this means B26 will have to wait.
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe Still waiting for the Jena Malone Batwoman movie that's never going to be made.Moderator
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    Starting to get a wandering eye there, EON. Can't say that I am comfortable with this.
  • Posts: 10,274
    I expected a long wait for B26 anyway with a new actor having to be chosen and all. I just hope we don’t get 4+ year gaps on a regular basis once the new era begins.
  • To clarify, non-Bond productions was NOT the reason NTTD was delayed for so long, that was all on waiting out for Craig because he wanted to take a break after SP.
  • Posts: 1,334
    Sounds like a straight-to-video project and I've heard this plot countless times before. Butler should stick to those Fallen movies.
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
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    It doesn’t sound like a winner. And Butler is kid of like a higher profile Craig Fairbrass.
  • My first thought is why?
    'If at first you don't succeed...
    Try, try again Mr. Wint.'
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    Shrugs I might check it out at some point
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    Why? Surely their fingers got burnt on the other Mark Burnell adaption....

    Though this isn't actually new 'news'.............Eon previously announced they were planning to adapt Remote Control in 2009 with Sony Pictures. Obviously, Sony have seen sense and departed. But for Eon to still be working on this some 11 years later is surprising.

    Though there is certainly more money in generic Gerard Butler action films. More so than in Blake Lively action films - I'd have seen that film if it was actually playing in any cinemas! Also, this is the second Eon production to star Gerard Butler if there are any trivia fans out, there which Bond film is this from?

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    Story from 2009:
    Sony Pictures Entertainment says it has has acquired the movie rights to "Remote Control," a thriller novel by Mark Burnell.
    https://www.realitytvworld.com/news/sony-eon-team-up-for-remote-control-50068121.php

    "Control" is to be produced as a feature film by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli's EON Productions, it was announced Tuesday by Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach, presidents of Columbia Pictures.
    Ileen Maisel will join Wilson and Broccoli in producing the project, and Burnell will adapt his novel into the screenplay.

    Sony and EON previously collaborated on the two most recent James Bond flicks "Casino Royale" and "Quantum of Solace."

    "Remote Control" is about a former war correspondent, now British corporate intelligence analyst, "who gets caught up in a conspiracy by Western corporations to destabilize the Chinese economy," Sony said in a news release.

    "Following the trail to the United States, he discovers that his former lover is also being pursued. On the run together, they try to unravel the mystery of the conspiracy while trying to stay alive."
    "Remote Control" is the second non-Bond property Sony Pictures is developing with Wilson and Broccoli. The studio is also collaborating with the producers on a new adaptation of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" with EON Productions and MGM.
  • GadgetManGadgetMan Nigeria
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    The Gerard Butler pic above is from 'Tomorrow Never Dies'.
  • 00Agent00Agent Any man who drinks Dom Perignon '52 can't be all bad.
    Posts: 5,145
    GadgetMan wrote: »
    The Gerard Butler pic above is from 'Tomorrow Never Dies'.

    Maybe he's the same character 20 years later :D
    First Bond spinoff confirmed lol
  • LeonardPineLeonardPine The Bar on the Beach
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    mtm wrote: »
    It doesn’t sound like a winner. And Butler is kid of like a higher profile Craig Fairbrass.

    He's the Doug McClure of the 21st century....
  • talos7talos7 New Orleans
    Posts: 5,470
    mtm wrote: »
    It doesn’t sound like a winner. And Butler is kid of like a higher profile Craig Fairbrass.

    He's the Doug McClure of the 21st century....
    😄👍🏼
  • WhyBondWhyBond USA
    Posts: 43
    ToTheRight wrote: »
    I guess this means B26 will have to wait.
    It's going to take a long time to find Craig's successor anyways.
  • Posts: 10,968
    WhyBond wrote: »
    ToTheRight wrote: »
    I guess this means B26 will have to wait.
    It's going to take a long time to find Craig's successor anyways.

    Indeed.

  • Posts: 1,644
    I suppose this film might give Eon an excuse to drag Bond 26 out until 2025. LOL
    A spokesperson for Miss Broccoli told Variety... "Eon is currently busy with Remote Control. Bond 26 will be made when Barbara persuades Daniel Craig to return. She's offering him a tropical island, a lifetime supply of botox and full creative control. He wants Bond 26 to be a follow up to No Time To Die. It's going to be called More No Time To Die.

    Sounds awesome!!!!!
  • RyanRyan Canada
    Posts: 314
    Hopefully it can make $6 million at the Box Office.
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    It's already been said, but . . . why?

    When's the last time Butler made a good action/thriller flick? He's on a long run of B-grade CGI-fests. Why on earth did EON look at this script and say, "yes, this is a film that must be made."
  • WhyBondWhyBond USA
    Posts: 43
    octofinger wrote: »
    It's already been said, but . . . why?

    When's the last time Butler made a good action/thriller flick? He's on a long run of B-grade CGI-fests. Why on earth did EON look at this script and say, "yes, this is a film that must be made."
    Angel has Fallen was great.
  • edited February 21 Posts: 2,040
    I'm afraid you have been misinformed. Here is the actual plot of Remote Control:

    The story follows Michael Rafter (Butler), a shiftless sponger whose life is overturned one night when he becomes too lazy and drunk to reach for the remote control, which has fallen off the couch.

    Unwilling to get up, Rafter stretches his arm downward and falls onto the carpet, where is attacked by a gang of vicious dust-bunnies and a half-eaten pizza slice. Unable to reach another inch for the remote, Rafter finds himself drawn into fight against the clock when he realizes the next program is a double-bill of Die Another Day and Spectre.

    With his brain cells in danger of being erased, Ranger shouts for his girlfriend to change the channel, but she has left him for their next-door neighbor, a film critic who hates Gerard Butler movies. Realizing his phone is several inches away from the remote control, Rafter must get up before Pierce Brosnan goes wind-surfing.
  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
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    THE END. Please!
  • DeerAtTheGatesDeerAtTheGates Belgium
    Posts: 466
    octofinger wrote: »
    It's already been said, but . . . why?

    When's the last time Butler made a good action/thriller flick? He's on a long run of B-grade CGI-fests. Why on earth did EON look at this script and say, "yes, this is a film that must be made."

    If I'm not mistaken (going by how long this has been on EON's Company page on IMDB), EON was attached to this earlier than Gerard Butler.
  • Jordo007Jordo007 Merseyside
    Posts: 503
    Definitely not getting a new Bond to celebrate the 60th anniversary in 2022
    Hope this doesn't delay Bond 26
  • I'm kind of glad we're not getting another anniversary film. We already had two with DAD and SF, and not a lot of other Bond films in between.
  • Posts: 10,274
    It’s not really necessary. I’m just glad we got one for the big 50th, and hope it will still be sooner than I expect for B26.
  • CraigMooreOHMSSCraigMooreOHMSS Dublin, Ireland
    Posts: 5,634
    WhyBond wrote: »
    octofinger wrote: »
    It's already been said, but . . . why?

    When's the last time Butler made a good action/thriller flick? He's on a long run of B-grade CGI-fests. Why on earth did EON look at this script and say, "yes, this is a film that must be made."
    Angel has Fallen was great.

    I quite liked DEN OF THIEVES, too - even though I preferred it when it was better and was called HEAT.
  • Jordo007Jordo007 Merseyside
    Posts: 503
    WhyBond wrote: »
    octofinger wrote: »
    It's already been said, but . . . why?

    When's the last time Butler made a good action/thriller flick? He's on a long run of B-grade CGI-fests. Why on earth did EON look at this script and say, "yes, this is a film that must be made."
    Angel has Fallen was great.

    I quite liked DEN OF THIEVES, too - even though I preferred it when it was better and was called HEAT.

    Hahaha this got me. Heat is also amazing
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