Allan Loeb talks Escape from New York Remake, possible franchise

On Wednesday, we learned that the ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK remake was still happening.

Since there aren't too many details on the project, MTV wanted to get ahold of Allan Loeb, who is penning the script for the reboot.

To start with, Loeb said this in reference to the scale of the remake in comparison to the original, "I see it as a big movie. I see it as possibly, hopefully the beginning of a franchise." Obviously, this isn't the first go around with trying to continue the story of Snake Plissken, "I know [New Line] tried with 'Escape from L.A.' a few years back and it didn't work out but [it's] try, try again [in] Hollywood. I definitely think of it as a big movie. I think New Line agrees [on] the possibility of a franchise, and bringing back Snake Plissken is very exciting."

John Carpenter did have a few stipulations when it came handing over the rights, especially with Snake's character. He must wear an eye patch and be badass, amongst other things. But what did Loeb say about his involvement? "I don't know how much John Carpenter is involved. I don't think he's involved extensively. I know I did my work without his tutelage." However the writer is game for bringing back the original Snake himself, Kurt Russell, "The only reason I would think [he wouldn't be involved] is if Kurt didn't want to do it. I'd be the first to jump on my computer and find the cameo for you. If [New Line] asked me to, it would be a lot of fun."

The remake is all about bringing the awesomeness to the new generation, "Bringing back Snake Plissken is very exciting. As well as the [underlying story] and the title 'Escape from New York'... we believe that there's a chance to re-tell that idea. [But set] in this day and age, and still have it be very exciting and interesting. Put four walls around the island of Manhattan, drop in the world's most dangerous criminals and what's the ecosystem that arises?"

What do you guys think about all this? I noticed that some of you were saying, no Kurt, no remake. So, can no one else take over this iconic role? Yay or nay? Give us your thoughts!

Extra Tidbit: Russell was the best man at Ted Nugent's wedding. Wish I could have seen that one.
Source: MTV Movies Blog



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