As previously reported, after years of failing to get a leading man, holding onto a director, or getting the remake of “Escape from New York” into production, New Line relinquished the rights to the movie, with Studio Canal and Joel Silver snapping it up.
Now Silver is talking not just a reboot, but a trilogy, which is not that surprising given that every producer and their momma daydreams of jumpstarting that magical movie trilogy these days. (Remember when producers just wanted to make one great movie first? Ah, those were more innocent times…)
Flash forward to today, with the Daily News claiming inside sources “close to the producers” of the upcoming remake as saying that British lads Jason Statham and Tom Hardy are currently being considered for the lead in Studio Canal’s “Escape from New York” reboot.
Whoever lands the role would slip on the eye patch of one Snake Plissken, a grizzled, no-shit-taking badass who, in the 1981 John Carpenter original, is tasked with saving the President of the United States after Air Force One goes splat in New York City. What’s so tough about surviving New York City? Well, in the film’s future, New York City is one big island prison.
According to this same insider, the producers are keen on Statham, but apparently Hardy is also in the running. Curious, since for me it would be the other way around. I like Statham, don’t get me wrong, but he’s no Tom Hardy.
But that’s just the going rumor of the day. Take it for what you will.