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Cast This: Snake Plissken (Escape from New York remake)

03.29.2017

An update of John Carpenter's ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK has been threatened several times over the course of a decade, initially with Gerard Butler planning to wear the eye-patch as iconic badass Snake Plissken. Directors like Len Wiseman, Brett Ratner and Breck Eisner briefly sat in the director's chair before departing.

Those early attempts ultimately crashed like Donald Pleasance's plane, but the project continued trudging through development hell (with even talk of a new trilogy at one point). Late last year we learned that the remake was considering actually ditching the Manhattan prison concept in favor of sending Snake on a mission into a futuristic New York conceived a technological wonderland.

The latest rumor is that filmmaker Robert Rodriguez may be taking over the project (once he finishes up ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL), with John Carpenter himself executive producing. Considering Rodriguez prefers to do almost every job on his movies himself, this presumably also means that the remake would be getting a new script as well.

However you feel about Rodriguez's potential involvement, one thing seems certain: at some point we're getting a new Snake Plissken. As much as we'd all probably prefer Kurt Russell to return to the role in a direct sequel, it's more likely that we'll see the real Manhattan walled-off and filled with convicts before that happens.

As any genre fan knows, the character of S.D. "Bob" Plissken (call him "Snake") first appeared in Carpenter's 1981 classic, portrayed with unforgettable attitude by Kurt Russell.  A decorated military veteran turned criminal, Snake is offered a deal to exchange his incarceration for a trip into the maximum-security penitentiary of New York City to rescue the President, and is given a deadline that will blow open his arteries if he fails.

Russell reunited with Carpenter and returned as the one-eyed anti-hero for the 1996 sequel ESCAPE FROM L.A., which sent Snake into the post-quake island prison of Los Angeles to recover the President's daughter. This task inexplicably involved basketball, surfing, hang gliding, and eventually shutting down all technology on the planet.

After that, Snake also appeared in several comic book stories and nearly resurfaced in several other formats, including the proposed movie sequel ESCAPE FROM EARTH, a planned TV series, an original anime movie, and a canceled video game that would have incorporated stealth, finishing moves and MAX PAYNE-style slo-mo action.

A number of actors have been attached or rumored for an ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK reboot over the years, including Jeremy Renner, Josh Brolin and Charlie Hunnam. But there's one actor who already proved he can do an admirable job taking over a fan-favorite character: Tom Hardy. Another guy who knows his way around genre material and gives great gruff is Karl Urban (who also doesn't mind obscuring part of his face). The new Snake needs to be tough, and they don't come much tougher-looking than Jon Bernthal.

Let us know below who you would want to escape from New York as the new Snake Plissken!

For the previous Cast This column for Commander Shepard in a movie based on the MASS EFFECT videogame trilogy, suggestions for male Shepard were:

1. Ed Skrein  2. Wentworth Miller  3. Joe Manganiello

And suggestions for female Shepard:

1. Emily Blunt  2. Jane Levy  3. Hayley Atwell

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4:39PM on 03/30/2017

Ugh...

Fuck this remake right in it's loose unoriginal asshole!!
Fuck this remake right in it's loose unoriginal asshole!!
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8:32AM on 03/30/2017

My choices are a couple of Scotts

Scott Adkins: he's an actor and martial artist who has been tapped as someone to watch for a while. He played Lucian in DR. STRANGE, and got a lot of buzz for his work there. He could be a major star with the right role.

Scott Eastwood: another talent who has drawn kudos both for his acting and his resemblance to his dad. Another guy who really needs a breakout role.
Scott Adkins: he's an actor and martial artist who has been tapped as someone to watch for a while. He played Lucian in DR. STRANGE, and got a lot of buzz for his work there. He could be a major star with the right role.

Scott Eastwood: another talent who has drawn kudos both for his acting and his resemblance to his dad. Another guy who really needs a breakout role.
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5:49AM on 03/30/2017
Jared Padalecki.
Jared Padalecki.
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4:01AM on 03/30/2017
Jack Black.
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1:17AM on 03/30/2017
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9:59PM on 03/29/2017
Gerard Butler!

Yeah that's right I;m going with Gerard Butler.
Gerard Butler!

Yeah that's right I;m going with Gerard Butler.
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7:42PM on 03/30/2017
I kept thinking he would be great back when they were talking about making this 4-8 years ago.
I kept thinking he would be great back when they were talking about making this 4-8 years ago.
9:15PM on 03/29/2017

All the suggestions are nice , but.......

We all know that H'Wood likes to ride hot hands and people who bring the bums into seats. So ( and these aren't my personal picks, but they're ones that we all know are being tossed around in the boardrooms)
Chris Pratt as Snake
Sam Jackson in the gang leader role
Dave Bautista in the Ox Baker role
Amy Adams/ Anna Kendrick/ Other hot Starlet of the moment
Steve Buscemi as Cabbie
Look for a Trump - Like blowhard for the Prez - I'd say Alec Baldwin but that would be too meta

oh,
We all know that H'Wood likes to ride hot hands and people who bring the bums into seats. So ( and these aren't my personal picks, but they're ones that we all know are being tossed around in the boardrooms)
Chris Pratt as Snake
Sam Jackson in the gang leader role
Dave Bautista in the Ox Baker role
Amy Adams/ Anna Kendrick/ Other hot Starlet of the moment
Steve Buscemi as Cabbie
Look for a Trump - Like blowhard for the Prez - I'd say Alec Baldwin but that would be too meta

oh, C'mon...you know these people are being considered.
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9:09PM on 03/29/2017
As much as I don't want a remake, when Seth Rollins was part of The Shield in WWE, he had that Plissken look. He's too tall though (gotta maintain the running joke), but he's pretty decent on the mic so he may have some acting chops. 10 years ago everyone was saying Josh Holloway, and though he's 47 now, I still think he's the best choice.
As much as I don't want a remake, when Seth Rollins was part of The Shield in WWE, he had that Plissken look. He's too tall though (gotta maintain the running joke), but he's pretty decent on the mic so he may have some acting chops. 10 years ago everyone was saying Josh Holloway, and though he's 47 now, I still think he's the best choice.
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8:32PM on 03/29/2017
For some dumb reason I never would have even thought of Urban, but he'd be absolute perfection as Snake. This needs to happen.
For some dumb reason I never would have even thought of Urban, but he'd be absolute perfection as Snake. This needs to happen.
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7:15PM on 03/29/2017

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6:30PM on 03/29/2017
Urban gets my vote. Star Trek has proven that the guy has a pretty good knack for humor and the thing that has helped the original Escape from NY age so gracefully is that it knows just how seriously to take itself, and not an ounce more. I have no doubt that Hardy could own the role, but I imagine he'd rather do an original franchise than just keep taking over pre-existing roles from other people.
Urban gets my vote. Star Trek has proven that the guy has a pretty good knack for humor and the thing that has helped the original Escape from NY age so gracefully is that it knows just how seriously to take itself, and not an ounce more. I have no doubt that Hardy could own the role, but I imagine he'd rather do an original franchise than just keep taking over pre-existing roles from other people.
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5:01PM on 03/29/2017
I think Renner or Urban could do a good job but I think I have to agree with The_Holiest and say Travis Fimmel. He isn't super well known but has played some bad ass characters with some attitude. Just look at his character in The Baytown Outlaws.
I think Renner or Urban could do a good job but I think I have to agree with The_Holiest and say Travis Fimmel. He isn't super well known but has played some bad ass characters with some attitude. Just look at his character in The Baytown Outlaws.
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5:13PM on 03/29/2017
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4:56PM on 03/29/2017

only one option

kurt russel still looks like a bad ass
kurt russel still looks like a bad ass
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3:04PM on 03/29/2017
Travis Fimmel. He's a bad ass in Vikings.
Travis Fimmel. He's a bad ass in Vikings.
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2:42PM on 03/29/2017

They already remade this movie

Anyone see Lockout? IMO this was a great movie, a modern take on Escape from New York. John Carpenter didn't see it that way; sued and won the plagiarism case. Still I thought Guy Pearce was a great choice. We don't need another remake. Go watch the original or Lockout.
Anyone see Lockout? IMO this was a great movie, a modern take on Escape from New York. John Carpenter didn't see it that way; sued and won the plagiarism case. Still I thought Guy Pearce was a great choice. We don't need another remake. Go watch the original or Lockout.
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6:32PM on 03/29/2017
Glad you liked Lockout, personally I thought it was crap. Escape From NY has some subtle and pretty nice humor and some good character beats, Lockout was just pure pointless generic action, more "Taken" set in space (which is how it was pitched) than Escape From NY.
Glad you liked Lockout, personally I thought it was crap. Escape From NY has some subtle and pretty nice humor and some good character beats, Lockout was just pure pointless generic action, more "Taken" set in space (which is how it was pitched) than Escape From NY.
2:07PM on 03/29/2017
If this is going to happen, Wyatt Russell.

Kinda obvious, but holy hell does he look like his old man. And he looks young enough right now that if they wanted, they could do a Godfather II style prequel story/flashback within the film. Then get Kurt to show up in a cameo as Old Snake.

Better yet, just get Kurt to finally do Escape From Earth. Rodriguez and Tarantino are pals with Kurt; have a sit down and make it happen.
If this is going to happen, Wyatt Russell.

Kinda obvious, but holy hell does he look like his old man. And he looks young enough right now that if they wanted, they could do a Godfather II style prequel story/flashback within the film. Then get Kurt to show up in a cameo as Old Snake.

Better yet, just get Kurt to finally do Escape From Earth. Rodriguez and Tarantino are pals with Kurt; have a sit down and make it happen.
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1:31PM on 03/29/2017

This is where Paul Feig takes the helm...

... and casts Melissa McCarthy.
... and casts Melissa McCarthy.
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1:09PM on 03/29/2017
My pick would be Frank Grillo after Captain America 2 and The Purge 2, he won me over.

My orher choice would be once again Jeremy Renner, when he wants to go badass, he goes the extra mile.
My pick would be Frank Grillo after Captain America 2 and The Purge 2, he won me over.

My orher choice would be once again Jeremy Renner, when he wants to go badass, he goes the extra mile.
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1:07PM on 03/29/2017
Urban top choice. But I actually think both Bernthal and Renner (interesting) could be good too.
Urban top choice. But I actually think both Bernthal and Renner (interesting) could be good too.
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12:58PM on 03/29/2017
If we're going with a known quantity, Karl Urban. As much as I like Jon Bernthal, he's already on the verge of stardom whereas Urban is best-known for playing Bones McCoy, not known for his badassness (we know better). That said, part of what made Snake Plissken work in the first place was that Kurt Riussell wasn't an action star, but Escape From New York made him one. Remember how thrilling it was when we first saw Chris Pratt as Star-Lord? I'm not saying we find the next Andy Dwyer and cast
If we're going with a known quantity, Karl Urban. As much as I like Jon Bernthal, he's already on the verge of stardom whereas Urban is best-known for playing Bones McCoy, not known for his badassness (we know better). That said, part of what made Snake Plissken work in the first place was that Kurt Riussell wasn't an action star, but Escape From New York made him one. Remember how thrilling it was when we first saw Chris Pratt as Star-Lord? I'm not saying we find the next Andy Dwyer and cast him, but look for someone unexpected. Because one of the keys to being Snake Plissken is, unlike a lot of tough guys, he's unexpected.
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12:55PM on 03/29/2017
Josh Brolin. Karl Urban close second but I'd prefer to see him in more Dredd than this
Josh Brolin. Karl Urban close second but I'd prefer to see him in more Dredd than this
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12:33PM on 03/29/2017

Karl Urban

I am riding that Karl Urban train. He is the only one who I think that can pull it off very well.
I am riding that Karl Urban train. He is the only one who I think that can pull it off very well.
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11:23AM on 03/29/2017
I'd say Karl Urban.
I'd say Karl Urban.
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11:15AM on 03/29/2017
Karl Urban.

Always pick Karl Urban.
Karl Urban.

Always pick Karl Urban.
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