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