I’d totally forgotten about all this, but, back in the early 2000’s, writer/director John Carpenter, producer Debra Hill, and star Kurt Russell were planning on delving deeper into the world they created in the films Escape From New York and Escape From L.A. despite the [understandably] poor reception given to the latter. They had in mind a multimedia endeavor called The Snake Plissken Chronicles, that would have consisted of a comic book series, a video game, and an anime feature. Russell was even going to provide the voice of Snake for the video game and anime. However, Hill passed away in 2005, and so the project was cancelled.
Speaking with ‘Syfy Wire’ to promote his upcoming comic book series Miles from Nowhere [which was originally conceived as a TV series with the involvement of |Carpenter], anime co-writer Corey Mitchel told the site that he and William Wilson had completed a script for the project, using as a guideline a list of rules on the depiction of Snake that was given to them by Hill. Mitchel and Wilson wrote a 125 page script, which Carpenter then helped whittle down to 80 pages. The anime was simply titled Snake, and was set in 2020, seven years after the events of Escape From L.A. It had Snake being:
“Forced by an evil casino owner in New Las Vegas to assassinate the President, who currently resides in Lynchburg, Virginia. However, things get messy fast after Snake is smuggled into Lynchburg and quickly becomes entangled in a battle between the rebels and the President’s fascist regime.”
There was even a 30 second teaser for the anime produced, and I think it’s a shame it was cancelled, but you never know, maybe if the Robert Rodriguez-directed remake is a hit it could still happen….