Remakes are the name of the game in Hollywood these days. At times, Hollywood delivers a worthy one like John Carpenter’s The Thing, but most of the time, they deliver pure crap like Len Wiseman’s Total Recall. It seems like nothing is safe from being remade, rebooted, prequelized, or sequelized in Hollywood. The latest offering from Hollywood is a new remake and possible planned trilogy for John Carpenter’s Escape From New York.
According to Deadline, Joel Silver’s Silver Pictures and Studio Canal are planning to bring back Bob “Snake” Plissken to the big screen with a new remake. Silver plans to expand Escape From New York with an origin story similar in tone to Rise of the Planet of the Apes and then set up the rest of the films in the would-be trilogy. Silver Pictures and Studio Canal have already started looking for a writer and possible leading men to play Snake Plissken.
New Line Cinema had the remake rights to Escape From New York back in 2011, but the rights lapsed and Joel Silver acquired them. When the project was with New Line Cinema, Neil Moritz was set to produce and Allan Loeb (The Switch) was hired to write the film’s screenplay, while Breck Eisner (The Crazies) was in line to direct. Actors Gerard Butler, Jeremy Renner, and Tom Hardy were all considered for the role Kurt Russell made iconic in 1981.
In the distant future of “1997,” the Isle of Manhattan — with crime out of control — has become a maximum-security prison. But when the President of the United States (Donald Pleasence) crashes in New York City, a convicted, eye patch-wearing bank robber named Bob “Snake” Plissken is sent in for a rescue. There was also a sequel movie directed by John Carpenter and starring Kurt Russell titled Escape From L.A. made in 1996.