Joel Silver leads new Escape From New York remake attempt
Producer Joel Silver's heading up a new effort to remake John Carpenter's Escape From New York, with a trilogy of movies planned...
The last time we heard anything about a remake of John Carpenter's fabulous Escape From New York, it was one of several projects lined up for director Breck Eisner, whose last movie was the extremely effective remake of George Romero's The Crazies. For whatever reason, production company New Line decided to let the rights to Escape From New York quietly lapse back in 2011, and that appeared to be the end of it.
Two years later, and producer Joel Silver is reportedly taking on the property. It's said that he plans to turn John Carpenter's sci-fi thriller into three films, with the first telling an origin story, not unlike Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes.
The 1981 film introduced Kurt Russell's eye-patched, laconic anti-hero Snake Plissken, who was forced on pain of death to rescue Donald Pleasance' s unpleasant president from a fortified prison colony on Manhattan Island. A tough, cynical action thriller, Escape was a sort of spiritual successor to Carpenter's similarly gritty, downbeat Assault On Precinct 13, and like that film, became an instant cult classic. Belated sequel Escape From LA (1996) struggled to make the same impact, and the property's lain dormant ever since.
Numerous actors have been linked to the Plissken role, with names including Gerard Butler, Tom Hardy and Jeremy Renner thrown into the hat of rumours. Now that Silver's in control of the franchise, there'll no doubt be a new wave of speculation as to who will play the macho lead - not to mention who'll be given the job of writing and directing.
The suggestion that Silver's Escape From New York will diverge from Carpenter's, we're wondering what to expect from the first film and its supposed origin tale - will it tell the story of Plissken's origins, or explain how New York became a prison island?
More news on the Escape From New York remake as we get it.
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