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Wanna know what Kurt Russell thinks of the Escape From New York remake?

Feb. 19, 2014by: Kevin Woods

We've known for a while that producer Joel Silver and Studio Canal have plans to remake John Carpenter's cult classic ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK and while the idea of the remake left some fans in an uproar we unfortunately live in a day and age where Hollywood has seemingly run out of original ideas and feels the need to reimagine some of the classics we all love.

At the moment the proposed remake of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK is still in the works, but according to Silver it could be quite some time before it heads in front of the cameras. Recently IGN caught up with the original films star, Kurt Russell, to get his opinion on the remake. Hey, it's Snake's world...we're just livin' in it.

Russell says of the remake...

"There's nothing wrong with the concept of doing something. I just think that my only thing about that is, when I think of remakes — and I've done remakes that I didn't think should have been done — I only think remakes make sense if you take an idea that was flawed, a script that was flawed, perhaps they didn't have enough money to make it correctly, maybe a character or two was not particularly well-played or could be fixed. If it had a problem that you'd say, 'God, if you just do that, that's a great movie,' or, 'If that movie had so-and-so in it, it could be great! Imagine that with so-and-so in it. Imagine that done this way.' Then that to me makes perfect sense as to why they would do a remake."

He continues...

"When you get into deeper trouble is when you do a remake just because you loved something, and you now want to ignore why you loved it, and you want to see it again fresh, and you get away with the idea of thinking, 'Well, these audiences haven't seen that.' Then the minute you do that, there's still enough of the -- especially today, with the advent of DVDs, Netflix and stuff like that -- you can still see that original movie right next to the remake, and you say, 'What was the reason for you doing that?' You've got this iconic thing, and you break it down."

When asked if he would ever consider returning to the role himself, Russell replied...

"He's a great character.  But no, I'm too old. Snake's a man in his prime. He's an American man absolutely in his prime. He's a really good character."

You may remember that we reported that Tom Hardy and Jason Statham were two of the actors who had been talked about to take on the role, should the remake go forward. When asked who, if anyone, he thinks might make sense to play Snake if they do end up making the film, Russell replied...

"Someone said, 'What about Gerard Butler?' I said, 'Well, the one thing that I can tell you that I know about Snake, and the Snake Plissken world that I know, is that he's very American.' There's a reason that's a baseball bat with nails. It's not a soccer ball. It's a baseball bat with nails. In LA, it's basketball. These are generic to who he is. He's an American. So, to me, it's important I think that, unless you're going to change the dynamic -- and if you're going to change the dynamic, then you're getting into something I'd have to see and say, 'Well, why do you call it Escape from New York?' You gotta understand, when this movie was done, New York was in serious trouble. It was on its way to becoming blown up of its own accord, so why not turn it into a prison? People laughed at the idea. They laughed, because it was, like, 'You know, why not? Turn this sh**-hole into a prison! Let's let the prison airplane go down there, and, oh my God, this is great!' So there are times that are right for certain things. But if somebody's got a great idea, sure! I hope they come up with a great idea."

Extra Tidbit: Would you be up for a remake of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK? Who would YOU like to see as Snake Plissken?
Source: IGN

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9:04PM on 02/19/2014

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why not? shit.... I would pack a seat for that movie...
I ALMOST think KURT is referring to ESCAPE from LA... which was basically for all purposes... a remake of Escape from NEW YORK.
Remakes need to improve on flawed material, Escape from New York isnt flawed... so far to my knowledge nobody ever took a bad movie and made it better... that is what Kurt is saying, at the top.. remake a bad movie and improve on it...
perhaps he's saying this doesn't really need to be remade? LOL
why not? shit.... I would pack a seat for that movie...
I ALMOST think KURT is referring to ESCAPE from LA... which was basically for all purposes... a remake of Escape from NEW YORK.
Remakes need to improve on flawed material, Escape from New York isnt flawed... so far to my knowledge nobody ever took a bad movie and made it better... that is what Kurt is saying, at the top.. remake a bad movie and improve on it...
perhaps he's saying this doesn't really need to be remade? LOL
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4:36PM on 02/19/2014
"and I've done remakes that I didn't think should have been done"

The only remakes I know of that he did were The Thing and Vanilla Sky. Am I missing another? He must be talking about Vanilla Sky (even though I personally like it) because The Thing was a masterpiece. I can't imagine him regretting doing that.
"and I've done remakes that I didn't think should have been done"

The only remakes I know of that he did were The Thing and Vanilla Sky. Am I missing another? He must be talking about Vanilla Sky (even though I personally like it) because The Thing was a masterpiece. I can't imagine him regretting doing that.
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11:50PM on 02/19/2014
He was in the horrible Poseidon Adventure remake, Poseidon. That has got to be his main reference point with that line.
He was in the horrible Poseidon Adventure remake, Poseidon. That has got to be his main reference point with that line.
11:14AM on 02/20/2014
I think he may be referring to Poseidon?
I think he may be referring to Poseidon?
4:22PM on 02/19/2014
I pre-emptively give this remake a score of fuck you out of 10.
I pre-emptively give this remake a score of fuck you out of 10.
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1:51PM on 02/19/2014
I'd rather see Escape From Earth with Kurt Russell. Buuuuuut that's not going to happen. If they are going to start fresh, I wish that they would not do a remake of the first one. Give us something else. A different Snake adventure but with a new actor.
I'd rather see Escape From Earth with Kurt Russell. Buuuuuut that's not going to happen. If they are going to start fresh, I wish that they would not do a remake of the first one. Give us something else. A different Snake adventure but with a new actor.
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12:42PM on 02/19/2014
Escape From New York is one of my all time favorites but, I'll give it a chance if, like Russell suggests, that they do something fresh with it. As for the extra tidbit: I would like to see Norman Reedus as Snake. I think he fits the character perfectly if his Darryl Dixon is any indication and is slightly outside the box casting such as Kurt Russell was in 1981
Escape From New York is one of my all time favorites but, I'll give it a chance if, like Russell suggests, that they do something fresh with it. As for the extra tidbit: I would like to see Norman Reedus as Snake. I think he fits the character perfectly if his Darryl Dixon is any indication and is slightly outside the box casting such as Kurt Russell was in 1981
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1:52PM on 02/19/2014
Kurt didn't suggest they do something fresh with it. He said "only remake it if the original was flawed". And he did NOT say the original was flawed.
Kurt didn't suggest they do something fresh with it. He said "only remake it if the original was flawed". And he did NOT say the original was flawed.
3:30PM on 02/19/2014
He said and I quote..."unless you're going to change the dynamic -- and if you're going to change the dynamic,"... that suggests...and I said 'suggests' in my initial quote, doing something fresh with it, something different. Read all the quotes, friend. My statement stands... though I agree with you the original is NOT flawed.
He said and I quote..."unless you're going to change the dynamic -- and if you're going to change the dynamic,"... that suggests...and I said 'suggests' in my initial quote, doing something fresh with it, something different. Read all the quotes, friend. My statement stands... though I agree with you the original is NOT flawed.
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