20th Century Fox Wins Remake Rights to 'Escape from New York'

January 14, 2015
Source: Deadline

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?

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  • TheOct8pus
    They should do an "Escape" from some other cities. They've already done New York and about Escape from Albany, or Escape from Des Moines?
    • son_et_lumiere
      could work, but how about Escape From Hollywood? even after the likes of the Oldboy, Total Recall and Robocop remakes, execs still think you can capture lightning in a bottle twice. sometimes films endure because the right directors, actors and (ahem, original) story get lucky and all gel on set at the same time. you can't manufacture that in an office. yeah, i know, it *might* be good after all. kill it, kill it with fire.
      • TheOct8pus
        Escape from Hollywood could be pretty tongue in cheek....where Snake makes a lot of movie references and thinly veiled Hollywood critique...
  • Astroboy3000
    They should get Kurt Russell because fuck those other guys. There is only one Snake Plissken.
    • Rob
      Or they should just not make this movie.
  • KNaaaaaaaaaHHHH
  • TXSteadyEddie
    Escape from Detroit. They could film on location and blow up 1,000's of vacant houses which will serve a double purpose.
  • Justin R
    Let's not remake Snake Plissken, these movies are too great to ruin.
  • Again, completely unnecessary. And without a consent from JC himself, i will not even watch this for free.
    • grimjob
      He's the executive producer.
  • grimjob
    I don't get it. Just make a fucking new one with Kurt Fucking Russell! He seems to be making a bit of comeback here, I'm sure he'd be down if it was good. Who doesn't want to see an old grizzled Plissken?
    Hell yeah. I hope whoever they get to fill Snake's boots he or she is not a crazy ripped person. One of the cool things about Russell was that he was athletic but not overly muscled, like so many of his contemporaries.
  • Mike Zarquon
    Why not change the title to Escape From Planet Zombies From Old New York?
  • Werner
    If you're talking about eye-patches, Samuel L Jackson seems like a logical Plissken candidate to me 😉
  • nomad82
    and the remake train just keeps on a rollin'... another steamer I'm sure....




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