Rumor: Jeremy Renner to Lead 'Escape from New York' Remake

November 8, 2010
Source: Bloody Disgusting

Jeremy Renner

Here's a big update for the rumor mill concerning a long developing remake. We've already heard that The Crazies director Breck Eisner would helm the remake of John Carpenter's gritty action flick Escape from New York. Though the script was once a little too expensive to produce and didn't nail the subtle humor and bad-ass nature of convict-turned-hero Snake Plissken, screenwriter Allan Loeb came up with a new draft that fixed both issues. We haven't heard any solid information on who would step into the boots once filled by Kurt Russell, but Bloody Disgusting has heard Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) is in talks to take the role.

Apparently they've been told that the casting scoop is "very early and a premature announcement," so it sounds like Renner is likely just one of many actors being considered for the role (he's not a bad choice) and no decision has been made yet. Personally, my money is still on Timothy Olyphant, who worked with Eisner on The Crazies, as the lead contender for the job. He just seems to have the right screen presence to become Snake Plissken and not make him extremely cheesy. In addition, when I interviewed Olyphant while visiting the set of I Am Number Four, the actor did quite a spectacular bit of tapdancing when asked about the possibility of working with Eisner on Escape from New York. Hardly solid confirmation, but it certainly seemed like they had discussed the possibility. Would you like Jeremy Renner as Snake Plissken?

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Reader Feedback - 18 Comments


As much as I like Renner I hope Olyphant gets the role he would make a better Snake.

CLAW on Nov 8, 2010


ok now i'm a little excited for this movie

Jericho on Nov 8, 2010


Eisner and Olyphant work well together, Renner is awesome, but as CLAW said Olyphant will make a better Snake.

Xerxex on Nov 8, 2010


I wish they weren't doing this! I like the people involved and I like both possible leads. BUT I really wish that they would not do this!

Jimmy Love on Nov 8, 2010


I love both of these actors but NEITHER of them could pull off a good Snake Plissken.

LINKFX on Nov 8, 2010


Man, Renner has like a thousand projects/movies he's working on!

jah p on Nov 8, 2010



Have Hope on Nov 8, 2010


agreed, #7 however, if there HAS to be a new snake - my vote goes to tim olyphant

beavis on Nov 8, 2010


That's the point, there does not HAVE to be one. What Kurt did with the character is so well-defined and unique, that anybody coming in will just be an imitator. Kurt IS Snake Plissken. End of. My oh my, I miss the days of creativity in the film world...

Have Hope on Nov 8, 2010


why is a new Escape movie with Kurt Russell not happening ?

Astroboy3000 on Nov 8, 2010


like i said #9 - i DO agree with you. and you are spot on with the lack of creativity/originality in hollywood today. i've said this before on here many times.

beavis on Nov 8, 2010


That's awesome news, totally not against this rumor.

The_Kid89 on Nov 8, 2010


I really don't understand the need to remake Escape from New York why not just make a totally new story on Snake maybe a prequel or a sequel. I don't have a huge problem with someone else playing Snake but for god's sake leave New York alone it's been done and done right the first time.

Anti-Fox on Nov 9, 2010


Out of interest, what about Josh Holloway from Lost as Snake?

chrisills on Nov 9, 2010


Amen!, #7

Robert on Nov 9, 2010


NO NO NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can't Hollywood come up with an ORIGINAL idea once in a while instead of ruining all our classic movies? I like Renner and Olyphant, but there is only ONE Snake! Please, for the love of God, no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

weezy1 on Nov 9, 2010


Why not make a prequel to Escape from New York I would love to see Snake in his early days maybe even show how he lost his eye. Renner, Olyphant, Brolin and Butler would all make pretty good Pilsken's but please don't make Escape from New York all over again that movie is fine as it is. The character of Snake Pilsken deserves better than this he deserves a movie we haven't seen yet. I have to agree with weezy1 Kurt Russell will always be the one and only Snake so why not make a direct sequel to Escape From LA, it left itself to a possible sequel where the world has fallen into a 2nd dark age that could make for an interesting story.

Anti-Fox on Nov 10, 2010


I can't really see him as Snake, he's too skinny, but I love Olyphant.

Craig on Nov 26, 2010

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