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New Line spent years trying to remake John Carpenter’s “Escape From New York”, with names like Gerard Butler, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hardy at one time or another attached to play futuristic badass Snake Plissken (originally played by Kurt Russell way back in 1981, and who later reprise the character for 1996’s “Escape from L.A.”).
“The Crazies” director Brent Eisner was also supposed to direct the remake for the longest time, but like Butler, Renner, and Hardy, he too has moved on.
After years in development hell, New Line has given up, and the rights to “Escape from New York” have now gone to French-based Studio Canal, who have handed over reins of the franchise to uber producer Joel Silver. And get this — Silver and Studio Canal aren’t just talking about remaking the 1981 movie anymore, they’re actually talking about going for the gold — a new trilogy, “starting with an origin story in a fashion similar to the way “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” restarted that franchise.”
Welcome to today’s Hollywood, kids, where producers go to sleep and wake up dreaming about movie trilogies.
Anyways, I wonder if Studio Canal and Joel Silver ever saw last year’s “Lockout”. That film starred Guy Pearce as basically a Snake Plissken type, complete with groovy one liners, albeit Pearce’s version was a tad less surly than Russell’s.
Will an “Escape From New York” remake ever actually get made? Probably yeah, eventually, and fans of the original will continue to cry foul all the way to release day. It’s win-win.
Via : Deadline