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Gerard Butler's AFTERBURN Gets HANSEL AND GRETEL Director

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Tommy Wirkola made a name for himself with the zombie Nazi movie Dead Snow, and he went on to direct Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, which will hit theaters in January of 2013. But the Norwegian director has just secured another job; he'll be taking on the director's position in a movie called Afterburn that's based on Scott Chitwood and Paul Ens' graphic novel.

The Hollywood Reporter has the news, and here's their description of the plot:

Afterburn is set in a future where solar flares have left half the world a ravaged wasteland filled with mutants and pirates. Buried beneath the ash and rubble are priceless artifacts and some of the world’s most valuable works of art -- for which wealthy Americans will pay any price. The story centers on a treasure hunter who leads his team into the quarantine zone, braving rival bounty hunters, rogue armies, pirate gangs and deadly mutants along the way.

Sounds like a huge mash-up of a bunch of cool movies (Rambo, Indiana Jones, Mad Max, etc), and Gerard Butler is attached to star as the treasure hunter. The only problem that I can see with a story like this is that there's the possibility it could be spread too thin across too many genres and get a little fractured as a result. It's a cool concept, and somewhat of a fresh twist on the post-apocalyptic thrillers we've been seeing over the past few years, so here's hoping Wirkola and his team can pull this one off.

What's your favorite post-apocalyptic movie since the year 2000?

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