The Escape From New York remake has been in the works for some time now. Originally Breck Eisner (The Crazies) was due to direct, with rumours of Tom Hardy playing the role of Snake Plissken (perfectly played by Kurt Russell in John Carpenters original).
Then, nearly two years ago Joel Silver’s Silver Productions and Studio Canal took over the remake, and while no director had been confirmed (although Silver was rumoured to be taking charge), there were rumours of Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim), Jon Bernthal (“The Walking Dead”) and Dan Stevens (The Guest). These names were mentioned along with Jason Statham, and Hardy continued to be talked about.
There was also talk of Silver starting a trilogy of films based on Carpenter’s classic original, with plans to set up the film much like Rise of the Planet of the Apes did, by making a prequel first. All this talk fizzled out, and the film has not been mentioned since August 2014, until now…
While there is still no director and no star attached, 20th Century Fox won a bidding war to get rights to the remake, and all of a sudden there is a fire in this reboot again.
Deadline reported the news:
Fox has emerged from competitive bidding and closed a deal to remake the 1981 John Carptenter-directed cult classic Escape From New York. Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman’s The Picture Company will produce.
There is also some very good news for fans of the original, as Deadline confirms that Carpenter will be involved as a producer:
The original was released by Avco Embassy, and the rights were own by Studiocanal. Carpenter will be an executive producer and will exert creative influence over the project. Fox’s Mike Ireland brought it in and will steer. The hope is to reinvent the property with an eye toward launching a new franchise.
The original “Escape From New York,” released in 1981, took place in a dystopian 1997 Manhattan after it had been turned into a maximum security prison. The story centered on Plissken being recruited to rescue the U.S. president (Donald Pleasence) after the hijacked Air Force One crashes.
Russell also starred as Plissken in Carpenter’s 1996 sequel “Escape From L.A.,” set in 2013.