The Escape From New York reboot has been on the cards for some time now, and originally Breck Eisner (The Crazies) was set to direct a stand alone reboot. Tom Hardy, Jeremy Renner and Gerard Butler were names being mentioned to take on the role of Snake Plissken, played so magnificently in the original by Kurt Russell.
Then in March last year, Joel Silver’s Silver Productions and Studio Canal took over taking charge of the reboot, and announced plans to make a new trilogy. Again Tom Hardy was talked about, whom I believe to be a great choice to play Plissken, and also Jason Statham was mentioned, and that really intrigued me. The new trilogy would be basing the origin story similar in tone to how Rise of the Planet of the Apes set up for its sequels.
While no director has yet to be found, a wishlist of new actors to play Plissken has been discovered by Starlog, and the list of three actors comes next:
Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim, “Sons of Anarchy”), Jon Bernthal (“The Walking Dead”) and Dan Stevens (The Guest).
I have to admit that none of those actors really excite me for the role, yet I guess Hunnam has the cheeky charm and roughness to give the role some substance. Dan Stevens has yet to prove himself, but I am sure all that will change once I have seen The Guest, and Bernthal was great in The Walking Dead, but I don’t really think he has the witty charisma for the role of Snake.
The site also revealed that Snake will not be alone in the new film, and will be working as part of a team:
Plissken’s team consists of Mina, a warzone journalist framed for murder and living in the shadows of New York as a scavenger; Cabbie, a schizophrenic travel guide who serves as comic relief; Gareth, the last surviving member of the President’s security detail who harbors a dangerous secret; and The Brain, Plissken’s former partner-in-crime who left him to die after a botched robbery.
More on this as it develops.