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Charlie Hunnam as Snake Plissken in 'Escape from New York' Remake?

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September 1, 2014
Source: Starlog

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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?

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  • Brian Sleider
    Oh shit, this guy might work for this role. But it is a fail already as he is not Kurt Russel. Its no one fault, No one is Kurt Russel, except Kurt Russel. Also, Snake works alone, whats with all the extras?
    • avconsumer2
      Agreed - fail. Aside from Russel... the thought of attempting to fill shoes of Harry Dean Stanton & Ernest Borgnine with these kids... Ya know though, it'll make money. Simple name recognition. I'm noticing that with every re-make these days. They may be horrible films (some not,) but people go and see them simply because of name recognition. Though I won't go to the theater for most of them, I do end up watching out of sheer curiosity at some point.
      • Brian Sleider
        Yeh this will be a redboxer for me for sure.
        • Maxim Karagogov
          Totally agree with both of you.The's just no need,at all,for this.
    • son_et_lumiere
      amen. the whole 'rogues gallery' team idea lacks confidence, tossed in to try and cover all bases, or perhaps a studio concerned that there isn't anyone else out there who can do what Kurt Russell did in the role. which there probably isn't. Hauk: Remember, once you're inside you're on your own. Snake: Oh, you mean I can't count on you? Hauk: No. Snake: Good!
    • DAVIDPD
      If it happens he is going to rock it. Hunnam plays a great tough guy.
      • Brian Sleider
        I agree this is a role suited for him.
  • Astroboy3000
    I would much prefer a sequel with Kurt Russell. John Carpenter presents Escape from Las Vegas sounds about right to me. If they insist on doing this and giving Snake a crew at least make it his old gang with the Brain, Texas Mike O'Shea & Carjack Malone.
    • DAVIDPD
      True, I think Russell and a sequel would be better, but the chances of this happening are slim to none. I have faith in Hunnam making a this role his and rocking it. Just like Hardy is doing with MAD MAX FURY ROAD.
  • Rock n Rollllll
    Great choice!
  • Chris Groves
    I rather liked Hunnam in Pacific Rim, cool to see him potentially grabbing roles like King Arthur and Snake Plissken. He could be a superstar by the time Pacific Rim 2 eventually comes out.
    • DAVIDPD
      Yes, Chris. You get Hunnam. He (like everyone) just needs the vehicle. I can't wait to see his star rise.
  • DAVIDPD
    Oh Hell Yes. He won't have to play it too much unlike Jacks Teller to make it work.
  • grimjob
    No. No No. Please no. He's awesome as Jax, but that's it. He was terrible in Pacific Rim, and all he would play is Jax with an eyepatch. Fucking remakes. Nevermind, do what you want. Unless its with Sir Russell, I won't watch it anyway.
    • DAVIDPD
      I really think he could make this his own. I know we are so attached to Russell as Snake, but I really think Hunnam has a good chance of making this awesome.
      • Brian Sleider
        But he is Not Mr.Russel. And that is a big problem.
        • chris9465
          not really charlies better
          • Brian Sleider
            HAHAHA, no. This kid is a one trick pony. Any attempt to be more than the thug he plays in Sons is bad, because kid is a character actor.
      • grimjob
        I just don't understand the need for remakes. Very seldom are they worth a damn. If Carpenter was making a sequel with Russell, yes please. But this? No Russell, no Stanton. No thanks. But don't let me bring down your excitement, I hope they don't soil this franchise like they have with others.
    • shane willett
      Put Russell in ... why remake they never made the 3rd and final film .... Carpenter step and fight for whats yours
    • chris9465
      i liked pacific rim...thought charlie rocked it.....guess thats why we are getting part 2
      • grimjob
        I liked it too, just couldn't buy into his character.
  • cobrazombie
    More remakes...
  • Xerxexx
    Nah.
  • SkyNet300
    I wanted Butler in the role but whatever. Hunnam walks really strange. Anybody else notice that?
    • shane willett
      No i usually don't check out how guys walk, but we know you do !
  • Friend of Yours, Brain?
    Lockout was basically Escape From Earth, but Guy Pierce is no Snake Plissken. Anyone that watches SOA would see that Charlie is the PERFECT Snake. No one else. Dan is too pretty and Jon, a great zombie-killer, just plain doesn't fit. Can't wait. Kurt should have a cameo.
    • shane willett
      I liked Lockout - did you ? Everyone i know hates this movie and can't get past the first 10 mins... I think its fun ..
  • flower
    Charlie would make a kick a** Snake Plissken.
  • shane willett
    why can't they just continue after LA with the still in good shape, funny joker, one liner sayin' Kurt Russell - he still works out, just needs a mullet and eye patch and level pants and ready to shoot Eascape From Earth ... the 3rd film that never happened ..
    • http://pislamonauseacentral.tumblr.com/ Morningstar
      Some of the ol' timers in The Expendables franchise are even older than Russell, so why not?
      • shane willett
        Not sure why, he's in the new Fast and Furious movie - so why not reprise a role that started a huge fan base, style of movies that set up the visual look of all apocalyptic worlds and even help Hideo Kojima make "Solid Snake" in which Big Boss looks identical to Snake Plisken .... people love kurt russell. Shit at least to a direct sequel to Big Troble in Little China - where the movie ends with the monster in the back of his truck .... HELLO Mr. Carpenter... make a movie !!
  • shane willett
    This movie will be garbage - hasn't been a good re-boot in a long time - why are they still trying ??

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