Is the Escape from New York Remake Closer to Escaping Development Hell?

It’s been literally years since we heard about any movement on the remake of John Carpenter’s “Escape from New York”, but this article in NYMag would seem to indicate that Snake Plissken’s time has come again. Word is, New Line Cinema now wants to “quickly moving forward” with the remake thanks to a new draft on the existing script by writer Allan Loeb, who has re-written the movie to make it funnier and cheaper, while still retaining the character’s badassness.

Some of the changes include the target of Snake’s rescue mission getting a sex and occupation switch: instead of the President of the United States, Snake must now rescue a female Senator. (Perhaps even a potential love interest? The article mentions increase banter between rescuer and rescuee.) The isolation of Manhattan is no longer due to a world war, but instead the detonation of a dirty bomb that required the city be sealed off from the rest of the world by a wall. It’s since been turned into a penal colony for the wicked and the damned. Basically, the city is still the city, just more, er, prison-y.

But this is my favorite part of the article:

While the city may change, good ol’ Snake remains largely the same. Legally, he has to be. We learned that in order to land the rights, New Line had to sign a contract with John Carpenter stipulating, among other things, that Plissken “must be called ‘Snake'”; “must wear an eye patch”; and that he would — and we’re not making this up — “always be a ‘bad-ass.'”; So, if you ever catch the new Snake watching Grey’s Anatomy or complaining that the senator isn’t “emotionally available,” just know that somewhere, some poor development exec is about to be carted off to jail.

That … is just awesome.

Now all they have to do is find a director and a star. At one point or another, everyone from Brett Ratner to Jonathan Mostow to Len Wiseman had been attached to direct. And for the longest time there, Gerard Butler was in line to slip on the snake leather outfit and eyepatch, but he, too, has fallen by the wayside.

Sure he's a toy, but that doesn't mean he still can't kick your ass.