Crazies Director Breck Eisner to Helm Escape from New York
by Ethan Anderton
April 23, 2010
After going through development with other directors like Len Wiseman and Brett Ratner, it looks like the Escape from New York remake finally has some sturdy legs. Along with Allan Loeb's re-energizing draft of the script, Heat Vision reports that Breck Eisner, who recently directed the intense horror/action flick The Crazies, is in negotiations to direct the film. The updated story mixes an origin story for anti-hero Snake Plissken and merged it with the story of the 1981 original. All that remains to be seen is exactly who will step into Snake's boots, who is actually contractually obligated to always wear and eye patch and be a bad-ass.
This choice is a pretty smart one to me, since Eisner did a good job with apocalyptic style action and sets with The Crazies with a budget of only $20 million. And since the most recent draft of the script from Loeb was praised so much for finding a cheap way to make Manhattan a giant prison, a guy who knows how to spend his budget wisely is always good. While some find this remake wholly unnecessary, and I can't say I really have a good reason to disagree with them, if Carpenter's flick is going to be re-made, at least its got some good talent behind the camera so far (anything is better than Brett Ratner). Maybe Eisner can bring The Crazies star Timothy Olyphant to play Snake Plissken, because that doesn't sound bad to me. You?