Let’s face it, there are a good number of films that should never be remade, and there are certainly plenty of characters out there too iconic to ever be played by a different actor. John Carpenter’s classic 1981 film is both: the film is too good to ever be bettered, and no one, and I mean no one could possibly play the role of Snake Plissken quite like Kurt Russell.
Yet, talk of a remake has resurfaced after the last set of rumours quite rightly died off. Originally there were plans in place for Breck Eisner (The Crazies) to direct a reboot, with Neil Moritz producing. Names like Tom Hardy, Jeremy Renner and Gerard Butler were all considered for the role of Plissken.
Now Deadline is reporting that Joel Silver’s Silver Pictures and Studio Canal are not only planning a reboot, but a trilogy starting off with an origin story. The report says they are basing the origin story similar in tone to how Rise of the Planet of the Apes set up for its sequels.
The original Escape From New York saw Russell play everyone’s favourite anti-hero, Snake Plissken. A thief and eye-patch wearing convict, Plissken is given the chance of freedom if he can save the President and his cargo from a large scale security prison. The president has been taken hostage on the island of Manhatten which, in the distant future, has become a maximum security prison.
A writer is currently being searched for to write Silver’s “entirely new take on the source material”, and the plan is to create a trilogy, beginning with the origin story. No names have yet been mentioned to play the role of Plissken.