Butler’s Game Delayed until Summer 2009

Gerard Butler in Game

It seems that making a fictional game look its best isn’t easy. The upcoming film Game starring Gerard Butler has been given a summer 2009 release date.

According to SciFi Wire, writer/directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, Crank, need the time to get the visual effects finished that will portray the futuristic video game in which players control real human beings. Gerard Butler, 300, plays Kabel, a prisoner who is under the control of a young gamer. The game in Game is filled with peril and violence for its human avatars.

Neveldine and Taylor have a unique vision for the film which included putting Neveldine, who once played hockey, on rollerblades. He was then pulled by a motorcycle down the street to shoot parts of the film.

The game in Game is a sim-world that presents a challenge to get the visual effects just right. No one knows what the film makers have in mind and it’ll be interesting to see what they come up with.

Right now Neveldine and Taylor’s upcoming sequel, Crank 2: High Voltage, is set for an April 2009 release. The film was shot after Game, but apparently doesn’t have the extensive visual effects that Game requires.

A teaser for the film is expected to be ready by Christmas that will give us all a first look at the game in Game.

Robin Ruinsky has been a writer since penning her autobiography in fourth grade. Along the way she's studied theater at Syracuse University, worked with Woody Allen starring most of the time on the cutting room floor. A segue into the punk rock scene followed but writing was always the main focus. She writes for various crafty, artsy magazines about people who make craftsy, artsy collectible things. But her first love is writing fiction and film criticism which some people think are the same thing.

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