Escape From New York Remake May Raid Cable For Its New Snake Plissken

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snake plissken escape from new yorkHere at GFR, it’s still pretty blasphemous to use the phrase Escape from New York remake, but since Hollywood refuses to give up on it, we’ll just squeeze our eyes shut and hold our breath while saying it as fast as possible. For better or worse, there are rumors that Joel Silver’s production company Silver Pictures has a shortlist of three actors ready to take over the role of Snake Plissken, and none of them are Tom Hardy or Jason Statham. Those rumors also contain details about the film’s plot, which would see Snake heading a team, rather than just beating the shit out of everyone by himself.

But wait, don’t go away moping just yet. According to sources from Starlog, whose news we’re taking with a heaping spoonful of salt, Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam, former The Walking Dead star Jon Bernthal, and Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens are all in the mix to take over the role of cinema’s most iconic eyepatch-wearing badass. I’m going to wait a second before going over these choices to talk a little bit about what Starlog’s sources say about the plot.

This Escape from New York will supposedly see Snake making his way through “a treacherous New York landscape 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.” Nothing too out of the ordinary there. The whole “team” idea, however, bring a few co-leads into the mix.

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.”

With that mess in mind, let’s look at these rumored actors, with hastily scribbled eye patches in place.

charlie hunnam sons of anarchyBrit actor Charlie Hunnam, who was just brought into Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur movie, has built a career out of shooting first and never bothering with questions as Jax Teller on FX’s always awesome Sons of Anarchy. He hasn’t had as prolific a film career, having turned in okay performances in recent years in The Ledge and Pacific Rim. I like Hunnam, but a gruff voice does not Snake Plissken make.

jon bernthal walking deadBernthal is slowly moving from background actor to co-leading man, with roles in films like Snitch and The Wolf of Wall Street. While he played kind of a badass as Shane in The Walking Dead, he was also kind of a whiner. And we didn’t really get to see enough of TNT’s Mob City before it was cancelled, so it’s up to David Ayer’s upcoming WWII actioner Fury to show us exactly how good Bernthal can be in a role guided by maximum machismo.

dan stevens the guestObviously roles in Downton Abbey and Sense & Sensibility aren’t going to give Stevens the proper material to look like a Snake Plissken wannabe. His most recent role in Adam Wingard’s thriller The Guest, however, puts him closer to it. In that film, he plays a hardcore soldier who inserts himself into a family’s life under mysterious pretenses. It’s not saving the President, but the film has gotten almost universal acclaim during its festival run this year.

So who, if any, of these actors sound best to you guys? And what do you think about that whole team-up idea? And whose iced tea do we have to poison in order to get this remake shelved for good?


  1. Brent McKnight says:

    I’m going to start off by saying this is a bad idea and should never happen. But it’s apparently going to whether I want it to or not.

    That said, despite the addition of one of the president’s security team, this is the exact same scenario. Brain and Cabbie are in the original, and Mina sounds like she could be an updated version of Adrienne Barbeau’s Maggie. So why even bother?

    As far as the actors go, Hunnam seems to clean cut for me. Bernthal has the grizzled look. But even though Stevens has a baby face, he is so unbelievably badass in The Guest that he might be the choice.

  2. cynic44 says:

    Why not Wyatt Russell? He’s only two years younger than Kurt was when he made the original…

  3. Jackson Price Henry says:

    I’d go for Bernthal. I wanted to like him in The Walking Dead, but his character (like most of the characters in that show) was indeed too whiney.

  4. Charles says:

    They will fuck it up, like they do all remakes…They want 2 modernize it, make a STRONG woman help him, a strong black guy and hispanic or asian…Pieces of shit…

  5. Chris Rusch says:

    no freakin way, no freakin way. to good of a movie to reboot. leave it as it as it is. don’t mess it up. if they remake it i will skip it.

  6. Steve Ward says:

    Please Hollywood re-make all of Carpenter’s filmography they’re not classics or anything. I just can’t wait for Big Trouble in Little China starring Ryan Reynolds…

  7. Warren Marlow says:

    NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! Whoever you are pull the plug on this travesty whilst you still can. While I can still remember Snake Plisken as he was or you could do what The Avengers did and go BLACK! Kurt was born to play Nick Fury, Google comic issues and tell me I’m wrong. Everyone in Hollywood is retarted and incapable of original thought.