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Brolin Escapes to NY?

Jun. 23, 2008by: Omar Aviles

Josh Brolin When the remake of John Carpenter's classic ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK was first announced, Gerard Butler initially signed on to slap on the eye patch to portray Snake Plissken. He quickly came to his senses and dropped out of the project and now the folks over at Spielberg News are saying that Josh Brolin is in the running to portray the role made iconic by Kurt Russell. Of course, they didn't say that he's signed or that he's been approached, merely that he's "in the running", meaning that he's likely one of many who are being considered. Either way, what do you guys think about Brolin taking on this role? Good? Bad? Meh? Strike back a little sumtin' sumtin' below, why dontcha?

Extra Tidbit: Brolin is following in his father's footsteps by playing W in Olvier Stone's biopic as James Brolin portrayed Ronald Reagan in THE REAGANS.
Source: Spileberg News

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4:49AM on 06/25/2008
If they're really gonna do this they should atleast make it a sequel.
With Snake Plisskens cousin or evil twin or something.

Escape From Hawai.

It's already an island. Bring on the Mai Tai's.
If they're really gonna do this they should atleast make it a sequel.
With Snake Plisskens cousin or evil twin or something.

Escape From Hawai.

It's already an island. Bring on the Mai Tai's.
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6:48AM on 06/24/2008

Please no.

So I guess we're never gonna get that proposed third Escape movie, Escape from Earth. Too bad. I was looking forward to it. Its not fair to compare a third Escape movie to Indiana Jones 4. What made Indiana Jones 4 horrible was not Harrison Ford's old age but George Lucas's creative control over the project.

No matter how good the actor, and Brolin is an incredible actor, he just can't replace Kurt Russell. I don't know if John Carpenter is in desperate need of mone or has just totally out
So I guess we're never gonna get that proposed third Escape movie, Escape from Earth. Too bad. I was looking forward to it. Its not fair to compare a third Escape movie to Indiana Jones 4. What made Indiana Jones 4 horrible was not Harrison Ford's old age but George Lucas's creative control over the project.

No matter how good the actor, and Brolin is an incredible actor, he just can't replace Kurt Russell. I don't know if John Carpenter is in desperate need of mone or has just totally out of ideas but he needs to stop allowing his movies to be remade. If they remake this, expect a remake of 'Big Trouble in Little China' and (another remake of) 'The Thing' not far behind.
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6:48AM on 06/24/2008

Please no.

So I guess we're never gonna get that proposed third Escape movie, Escape from Earth. Too bad. I was looking forward to it. Its not fair to compare a third Escape movie to Indiana Jones 4. What made Indiana Jones 4 horrible was not Harrison Ford's old age but George Lucas's creative control over the project.

No matter how good the actor, and Brolin is an incredible actor, he just can't replace Kurt Russell. I don't know if John Carpenter is in desperate need of mone or has just totally out
So I guess we're never gonna get that proposed third Escape movie, Escape from Earth. Too bad. I was looking forward to it. Its not fair to compare a third Escape movie to Indiana Jones 4. What made Indiana Jones 4 horrible was not Harrison Ford's old age but George Lucas's creative control over the project.

No matter how good the actor, and Brolin is an incredible actor, he just can't replace Kurt Russell. I don't know if John Carpenter is in desperate need of mone or has just totally out of ideas but he needs to stop allowing his movies to be remade. If they remake this, expect a remake of 'Big Trouble in Little China' and (another remake of) 'The Thing' not far behind.
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6:05AM on 06/24/2008
Sure, why not?
Sure, why not?
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3:01AM on 06/24/2008
You know, after the instant cult classic Planet Terror and two excellent performances in American Gangster and No Country For Old Men, I sort of saw Brolin falling in a similar category as Kurt. Very similar rugged but handsome looks, and equal awesomeness overall. He was the first actor to come to mind after I heard about the proposed remake. This guy has a very promising career ahead of him. I'm very excited for W.
You know, after the instant cult classic Planet Terror and two excellent performances in American Gangster and No Country For Old Men, I sort of saw Brolin falling in a similar category as Kurt. Very similar rugged but handsome looks, and equal awesomeness overall. He was the first actor to come to mind after I heard about the proposed remake. This guy has a very promising career ahead of him. I'm very excited for W.
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1:41AM on 06/24/2008

i dig it

kurt rocks, but so does brolin. i'm down.
kurt rocks, but so does brolin. i'm down.
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12:45AM on 06/24/2008

Brolin wont' do it

I think the remake of such a classic cult fav as EFNY is a bad idea. If it HAS to be done again, I think Brolin would make a worthy Snake. I just don't see Josh taking a role like that at this point in his career. Here's a guy that had one of the best years for an actor in decades and is on everyone's radar now. He's right up there with Robert Downey Jr.

BTW - I love Kurt too, but bringing him back for a sequel might be as bad as Indy 4! This whole sequel/remake thing has gone a little
I think the remake of such a classic cult fav as EFNY is a bad idea. If it HAS to be done again, I think Brolin would make a worthy Snake. I just don't see Josh taking a role like that at this point in his career. Here's a guy that had one of the best years for an actor in decades and is on everyone's radar now. He's right up there with Robert Downey Jr.

BTW - I love Kurt too, but bringing him back for a sequel might be as bad as Indy 4! This whole sequel/remake thing has gone a little crazy. Death Race 2000?! C'mon! What's next Jaws, The Exorcist, Shawshank, The Godfather, Chinatown, [link]
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11:22PM on 06/23/2008
They should really just bring back Kurt Russell and call it another sequel. C'mon, I had to suffer through Harrison Ford grunting around and getting chased by Russians for another go but I can't do the same with Russell?
They should really just bring back Kurt Russell and call it another sequel. C'mon, I had to suffer through Harrison Ford grunting around and getting chased by Russians for another go but I can't do the same with Russell?
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10:07PM on 06/23/2008
I had high hopes when Butler was in consideration, now I don't know.
I had high hopes when Butler was in consideration, now I don't know.
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9:14PM on 06/23/2008
Perfect. I totally confused him and Kurt for the longest time. lol
Perfect. I totally confused him and Kurt for the longest time. lol
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7:41PM on 06/23/2008

It's snake

Russell or Nada
Russell or Nada
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7:12PM on 06/23/2008
yeah there are a crap load of remakes being made.

but man, i would watch josh brolin do anything...and i mean that in every sense.
yeah there are a crap load of remakes being made.

but man, i would watch josh brolin do anything...and i mean that in every sense.
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6:17PM on 06/23/2008
It could work. But isn't it a little early for all these remakes?
It could work. But isn't it a little early for all these remakes?
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6:10PM on 06/23/2008
I'm gunna keep a close eye on this project, mostly because I liked the original but there are parts I think could have been better and that's why studios make remakes, right?
I'm gunna keep a close eye on this project, mostly because I liked the original but there are parts I think could have been better and that's why studios make remakes, right?
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5:44PM on 06/23/2008

Huh

I still think Gerard would've been the shit in Escape, but if i can't have Butler then I'll take Brolin. His level of kick-assery in No Country was more than enough to warrant my respect
I still think Gerard would've been the shit in Escape, but if i can't have Butler then I'll take Brolin. His level of kick-assery in No Country was more than enough to warrant my respect
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5:25PM on 06/23/2008

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5:07PM on 06/23/2008
Brolin would be a good choice to play Snake. He certainly got the look. But then again, Escape from NY is a classic in its own right and should be left on the shelf of classic. If the soon-to-be-named director think he/she can pull it off, go ahead but don't screw up. And I think the reimagine of Halloween is better than the reimagine of The Fog. I'll stay neutral on Escape from NY for now.
Brolin would be a good choice to play Snake. He certainly got the look. But then again, Escape from NY is a classic in its own right and should be left on the shelf of classic. If the soon-to-be-named director think he/she can pull it off, go ahead but don't screw up. And I think the reimagine of Halloween is better than the reimagine of The Fog. I'll stay neutral on Escape from NY for now.
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5:07PM on 06/23/2008
Is it a remake or a re-imagining? Haha.
Ive opened up my book and filed this under bad ideas!
Is it a remake or a re-imagining? Haha.
Ive opened up my book and filed this under bad ideas!
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5:05PM on 06/23/2008
Brolin does have that very macho Americanness and quirky showbiz background that Kurt Russell had. And that's a rarity among actors in Hollywood. (They also both have proven their ability with shining in b-grade material) If they sign him then they've done one better than their previous front-runner.

I really liked "Escape from New York," but there's a big flaw in the argument against remaking it. "Escape from New York" is not a classic. It is a CULT classic. When people say they like the
Brolin does have that very macho Americanness and quirky showbiz background that Kurt Russell had. And that's a rarity among actors in Hollywood. (They also both have proven their ability with shining in b-grade material) If they sign him then they've done one better than their previous front-runner.

I really liked "Escape from New York," but there's a big flaw in the argument against remaking it. "Escape from New York" is not a classic. It is a CULT classic. When people say they like the movie it's because of the exact combination of talents and budget f/x that made the film what it is. After all, what did they say when Carpenter went Bigger and Better with "Escape from L.A."?
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4:49PM on 06/23/2008
I think he may be the best choice but I also hate the fact that they are remaking this movie. And god damn if Ratner is directing this it's goin to be a pile of shit. He such a bag of douche.
I think he may be the best choice but I also hate the fact that they are remaking this movie. And god damn if Ratner is directing this it's goin to be a pile of shit. He such a bag of douche.
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4:39PM on 06/23/2008
I think that Brolin is a good choice! Although, I also think that remakes often suck! ie. Halloween.

Not really a huge fan of Gerard Butler. All his movies suck it big. I thought that "300" was crap!
I think that Brolin is a good choice! Although, I also think that remakes often suck! ie. Halloween.

Not really a huge fan of Gerard Butler. All his movies suck it big. I thought that "300" was crap!
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4:26PM on 06/23/2008

sounds good to me...

josh brolin is a legend in the making as far as i'm concerned. i love the guy. if anyone could pull that off, it's him.
josh brolin is a legend in the making as far as i'm concerned. i love the guy. if anyone could pull that off, it's him.
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4:23PM on 06/23/2008
Eh-Nam, I did not enjoy 300.
Eh-Nam, I did not enjoy 300.
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4:06PM on 06/23/2008

Inspired Casting

I hate the idea of a remake of this great film but if you're going to do it, I think Brolin is probably the best choice to dawn the eye patch.
I hate the idea of a remake of this great film but if you're going to do it, I think Brolin is probably the best choice to dawn the eye patch.
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4:01PM on 06/23/2008

Depends on the director

Brolin, sure, why not. If they get someone like to Ratner ro direct, no thanks.
Brolin, sure, why not. If they get someone like to Ratner ro direct, no thanks.
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3:58PM on 06/23/2008

nooo

Just leave the movies that have already been made alone. If you feel like you have to make another "Escape" movie then escape from someplace else.
Just leave the movies that have already been made alone. If you feel like you have to make another "Escape" movie then escape from someplace else.
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3:47PM on 06/23/2008

i said it once....

yeah i am going to with 'deadite02' on this one. leave the classics alone.

i still think brolin should push his resume for capt. america!
yeah i am going to with 'deadite02' on this one. leave the classics alone.

i still think brolin should push his resume for capt. america!
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3:45PM on 06/23/2008

Benj what the hell

Butler was in 300 brother are you crazy that man kicks ass.
Butler was in 300 brother are you crazy that man kicks ass.
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3:37PM on 06/23/2008
Remaking this classic is as bad an idea as any other of the classics Hollywood has attempted to " re imagine" (Halloween etc). Shit, Carpenter couldnt even pull off a sequel! However Brolin is incredibly watchable and I think he could pull off a total badass like Plissken.
Remaking this classic is as bad an idea as any other of the classics Hollywood has attempted to " re imagine" (Halloween etc). Shit, Carpenter couldnt even pull off a sequel! However Brolin is incredibly watchable and I think he could pull off a total badass like Plissken.
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3:34PM on 06/23/2008
He would be so much better than Gerard Butler. I've never seen a Gerard Butler movie I enjoyed. Josh Brolin, I've never seen anything I haven't enjoyed that comes directly to mind. And he's a fucking awesome actor too, Gerard Butler is so one dimensional.
He would be so much better than Gerard Butler. I've never seen a Gerard Butler movie I enjoyed. Josh Brolin, I've never seen anything I haven't enjoyed that comes directly to mind. And he's a fucking awesome actor too, Gerard Butler is so one dimensional.
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