Charlie Hunnam as Snake Plissken in 'Escape from New York' Remake?
A remake of John Carpenter's revered action thriller Escape from New York has been gestating for years, but no one seems to be able to get it off the ground. The most recent attempt in the works was reported about a year and a half ago with Studio Canal teaming with super producer Joel Silver (The Matrix, Lethal Weapon) and his Silver Pictures banner to start from scratch on the project. Now it sounds like they're making some progress as a rumor from Starlog (via Badass Digest) has surfaced saying that Pacific Rim and recently crowned King Arthur star Charlie Hunnam is the top contender to play Snake Plissken. Read on!
However, he's not the only actor in the running as The Guest star Dan Stevens and former "The Walking Dead" cast member Jon Bernthal could also end up with an offer. Reportedly none of these three have read for the film, which seems a little odd, but Silver Pictures is looking to lock down one of them very soon. Honestly, Hunnam seems like the wrong choice for this film, despite his gruff demeanor on "Sons of Anarchy." My pick would be Dan Stevens, based solely on his work in The Guest, but that's just me. And it sounds like the story will be a little different, with a bit of an ensemble nature.
Rather than just focusing on Snake Plissken venturing through the prison that is New York, this time the story sees Plissken teaming with "a rogues gallery of criminals who look to leave the island-turned-prison in exchange for the rescue of the captured U.S. President.” And here's what Starlog notes about the team surrounding Plissken:
“Plissken’s team consists of Mina, a warzone journalist framed for murder and living in the shadows of New York as a scavenger; Cabbie, a schizophrenic travel guide who serves as comic relief; Gareth, the last surviving member of the President’s security detail who harbors a dangerous secret; and The Brain, Plissken’s former partner-in-crime who left him to die after a botched robbery.”
Sounds like the kind of ensemble cast we saw in Predators, and while a colorful cast of characters will help get more people who don't know who Charlie Hunnam (or the other two actors) in theaters, it could potentially take away from the bad ass nature of Snake Plissken. Anyway, these choices aren't too bad, but consider this a rumor for now until some more official news surfaces. At the very least, this sounds better than having Gerard Butler or Jeremy Renner lead the remake. Now we just hope the script has been revamped enough to make this remake work. Thoughts?