20th Century Fox Wins Remake Rights to 'Escape from New York'
A remake of John Carpenter's then-futuristic action thriller Escape from New York has been gestating since as far back as 2007, with several attempts to get the project off the ground falling apart. Directors like Len Wiseman and Breck Eisner have been linked to the project along with leading men like Gerard Butler, Jeremy Renner and most recently Charlie Hunnam being linked to the role. However, none of those attempts had the cooperation of John Carpenter, and Deadline reports that's exactly what's happening with the latest attempt as 20th Century Fox has just won the remake rights to the 1981 film. More below!
For those who aren't aware, the original film followed Kurt Russell played the bad ass Snake Plissken, an eye-patched convict who was tasked with rescuing the President of the United States after Air Force One goes missing after crashing in New York. That wouldn't be a big deal if The Big Apple wasn't turned into a maximum security prison in 1997 (that was "the future" back in 1981). And so Plissken, a former special forces operative convicted of trying to rob the Federal Reserve, is given 22 hours to get the president and the key to avoiding World War III back to safety. If he doesn't succeed, he'll be detonated.
Carpenter will be an executive producer on the remake, and will also "exert creative influence over the project," so that makes this the likeliest iteration of the project to get off the ground. In addition, Fox hopes this will launch a new franchise, even though the original only had one sequel in 1996 called Escape from LA, and it was less than stellar. As for who will lead the film, any previous rumors about talent involved aren't true, and it sounds like this remake will start from scratch. So now who do you think should play Snake Plissken? Chris Hemsworth could be good, but how about Timothy Olyphant? Thoughts?