Escape from New York Remake Coming with Gerard Butler
by Alex Billington
March 13, 2007
Wow, this came out of left field. Apparently a remake of John Carpenter's 1981 awesome movie Escape from New York is already in pre-production. It already has a producer, Neal Moritz, as well as a screenwriter, Ken Nolan (who's only written Black Hawk Down previously). In addition to those names, another one that's at the top of all the buzz this week is Gerard Butler, who is going to take on the coveted role of Snake Plissken, which was Kurt Russell's job back in '81. Although he's not confirmed, Butler is interested, as Variety states. Incase you've forgotten the plot over the 26 years, Snake is a one-eyed convict who must head into the "inescapable maximum security prison formerly known as Manhattan" to find and liberate the US president.
It'll be interesting to hear Kurt Russell's feedback on this, and if he thinks Butler is fit for the role, or if the movie is even fit for a remake at all. That question will definitely come up in a few week's at the Grindhouse (Russell's next movie) junket in Los Angeles, so stay tuned here on FS.net for more developments!