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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.

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Comic(s) Relief: Escape From New York’s Snake Plissken Will Return In Comics Form

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Boom! Studios has built its reputation with a mix of original series and a slew of adapted licensed properties such as Planet of the Apes, Farscape, RoboCop, Space: 1999, and more. Earlier this year, they put out a comic sequel to John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China, a collaboration between Carpenter himself and Eric Powell, creator of The Goon. Now it seems Boom! is returning to the Carpenter/Kurt Russell well with an upcoming series based on Escape from New York, and they’ve released the above teaser image, which was also drawn by Powell, suggesting he may be returning for that series as well.

There are no further details about the series available just yet. My first guess would be that it would be a sequel and focus on the further adventures of Snake Plissken after the events of Escape from LA, but it could just as well be a straight adaptation of the original Carpenter movie. I’d certainly prefer the former; we’ve already seen that story told perfectly well on the big screen, so revisiting it again in comics form just seems kind of pointless some 30+ years after the movie’s release. There is, however, that Escape from New York reboot movie trilogy that’s in the works, so revisiting the old material certainly isn’t outside the realm of possibility.

I expect more information will come to light out of Comic-Con later this week, so stay tuned. In the meantime, check out this week’s new science fiction comics below!

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Producer Joel Silver On The Escape From New York Reboot Trilogy

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SnakeWith the success of the Star Trek and Planet of the Apes franchises, and with similar treatments in the works for the likes of Terminator, X-Men, and others, ambitious franchise reboots are all the rage in Hollywood. Producer Joel Silver and Studio Canal acquired the film rights to Escape From New York about a year ago, and Silver plans to turn Escape From New York into a new trilogy with a different actor picking up the role of Bob “Snake” Plissken, originally played to perfection by Kurt Russell.

In an interview with Collider, Silver talked about his plans for Plissken. While there’s no script yet, Silver and Studio Canal are actively developing the reboot project. Silver said:

‘It’s funny because we have a relationship with Studio Canal, which somehow ended up with the rights to that, and it has been floating around LA or at least in the development world for a long time,’ said Silver. ‘I always liked Kurt’s character, the Snake Plissken character, so I’ve always like that idea, but we kind of figured out a way to do almost a trilogy of that story.’

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Snake Plissken Kicks Ass In Art And Vids From Canceled Video Game And Animated Series

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There are plenty of dead-end projects that could have been awesome if they’d actually come together — that Buckaroo Banzai sequel, David Cronenberg’s Total Recall, the Rendezvous with Rama movie Morgan Freeman has been trying to get made for 15+ years — but as a gamer, this one stings. Footage from an abandoned video game and anime-style TV series starring the legendary Snake Plissken has popped up online, and it makes me sad, sad, sad.

The video above was posted by a former developer for Namco, who were responsible for 2003’s Dead to Rights and 2004’s Kill Switch. Called Snake Plissken’s First Escape, the game was first announced back in 2003, and set for release in “2005 A.D.” The game would have borrowed Kurt Russell’s likeness — it’d be pretty damn pointless if it didn’t — but there’s no word if he would have returned to voice the iconic character. He did approve the game’s storyline, along with director John Carpenter and Escape from New York/L.A. producer Debra Hill.