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Escape From New York remake lands at Fox; John Carpenter creatively involved

01.13.2015

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After a tortured history of rights changing and many scripts being passed on, the ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK remake is finally moving forward at 20th Century Fox. The last news we shared surrounding the project, Charlie Hunnam (PACIFIC RIM, Sons of Anarchy), Jon Bernthal (THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, The Walking Dead) and Dan Stevens (THE GUEST, Downton Abbey) were the front runners to take over for Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken; at this point though, there are no actors attached to the role.

John Carpenter will be an executive producer on the film, which isn't too surprising considering it's his baby they’re messing with. The 1981 classic was something of an awakening for me when it comes to the sci-fi action genre; I wore out the VHS tape on this one, that's for sure. I can’t say I’m excited or surprised for the remake, but there is an audience for everything and that’s the business we love, go figure. Carpenter will apparently "exert creative influence" over the film, meaning he’s going to take their money and go back to bed I think. I say that because back in 2014 during a Halloween Q&A at Beyond Fest, Carpenter said this about remakes of his films:

What I do is, I sit on my couch, I extend my hand, and a check drops [into it]… They remake everything these days, it doesn’t mean anything. They just remake it because they think that the audience is so stupid that they won’t go see anything original. They look down on you, don’t you see that? I just want to get the check, that’s all I give a shit about.

He really didn’t seem to hold back there did he? Also worth noting, Joel Silver no longer appears to be attached now that The Picture Company has taken over producing duties. That seems like a pretty big lose and leaves behind some major creative shoes to fill in terms of making the best out of this project.

So who should direct and who should star as Snake?

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12:34PM on 01/15/2015

Nobody can replace Kurt Russell

However for some reason I'm not opposed to this remake if they get the casting right, and the movie is appropriately epic. Jon Bernthal or Charlie Hunnam would be good picks. So would Frank Grillo & Timothy Olyphant could work as well.
However for some reason I'm not opposed to this remake if they get the casting right, and the movie is appropriately epic. Jon Bernthal or Charlie Hunnam would be good picks. So would Frank Grillo & Timothy Olyphant could work as well.
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6:03PM on 01/14/2015

Not Interested

No Thanks
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1:40PM on 01/14/2015

Ditto on Frank Grillo

Not that it would ever happen, but I would love to see Antoine Fuqua direct this - the violence would be epic.
Not that it would ever happen, but I would love to see Antoine Fuqua direct this - the violence would be epic.
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11:17AM on 01/14/2015
Karl Urban or Frank Grillo. That's about it. Urban would be great.
Karl Urban or Frank Grillo. That's about it. Urban would be great.
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11:53AM on 01/14/2015
Sorry, man. I want Urban to keep focussed on giving us Dredd 2...........
Sorry, man. I want Urban to keep focussed on giving us Dredd 2...........
9:38AM on 01/14/2015
I kinda respect John C. for this. He's absolutely right... and he's given us so much over the years that I'm glad he can still cash in. Enjoy it man, you deserve it.
I kinda respect John C. for this. He's absolutely right... and he's given us so much over the years that I'm glad he can still cash in. Enjoy it man, you deserve it.
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8:26AM on 01/14/2015
Terry O'Quinn for the President. I've always thought he'd be great as a replacement in Donald Pleasance's old role.
Still, the most important thing is that they nail the atmosphere and sentiment of the original, or they'll just end up with any other action movie where someone has to go through hell to save someone. It'll be tough to do without just ending up with a pastiche of the original. Like most of Carpenter's excellent early films, it doesn't need remaking but it'll happen regardless -
Terry O'Quinn for the President. I've always thought he'd be great as a replacement in Donald Pleasance's old role.
Still, the most important thing is that they nail the atmosphere and sentiment of the original, or they'll just end up with any other action movie where someone has to go through hell to save someone. It'll be tough to do without just ending up with a pastiche of the original. Like most of Carpenter's excellent early films, it doesn't need remaking but it'll happen regardless - best case scenario we actually get a fun movie out of it.
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6:31AM on 01/14/2015

Like the Halloween Remake, I will NOT see this either...

Don't mess with a classic.
Don't mess with a classic.
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4:59AM on 01/14/2015

Would rather see Kurt back but...........

if this remake has to be done I would opt for the likes of Charlie Hunnam. I always thought he gave off a slight Kurt Russell vibe in Sons of Anarchy so he would fit. But I still want an aged Plissken in one last mission.
if this remake has to be done I would opt for the likes of Charlie Hunnam. I always thought he gave off a slight Kurt Russell vibe in Sons of Anarchy so he would fit. But I still want an aged Plissken in one last mission.
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4:10AM on 01/14/2015

Director

Gotta admire J.C. for his honesty. Most of his remakes so far have been butchered. As for director, I'd like to see Gareth Evans or Chad Stahelski (John Wick). These guys are the new fresh talent for action. Obviously it has to be R-rated, non of this PG-13 watered down shit. (I'm looking at you Stallone). Keep the legacy of Snake intact (ignoring LA of course).
Gotta admire J.C. for his honesty. Most of his remakes so far have been butchered. As for director, I'd like to see Gareth Evans or Chad Stahelski (John Wick). These guys are the new fresh talent for action. Obviously it has to be R-rated, non of this PG-13 watered down shit. (I'm looking at you Stallone). Keep the legacy of Snake intact (ignoring LA of course).
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11:25PM on 01/13/2015
If it has to happen, I'm all for Jon Bernthal. He pulls off old-school action guy machismo effortlessly.
If it has to happen, I'm all for Jon Bernthal. He pulls off old-school action guy machismo effortlessly.
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12:30PM on 01/15/2015
Shane is the one character I still wish was on the Walking Dead.
Shane is the one character I still wish was on the Walking Dead.
10:13PM on 01/13/2015
Wyatt Russell! Keep it in the family!
Wyatt Russell! Keep it in the family!
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10:04PM on 01/13/2015

Karl Urban!

I think Karl Urban would make a fine Snake. He is very versatile! He would be my first choice. I still think his performance out shined everyone else's in Star Trek. He is so talented and not a one note actor like a lot of the other Hollywood dribble.
I think Karl Urban would make a fine Snake. He is very versatile! He would be my first choice. I still think his performance out shined everyone else's in Star Trek. He is so talented and not a one note actor like a lot of the other Hollywood dribble.
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9:17PM on 01/13/2015

Kill it with fire.

Melissa McCarthy for Snake!!! Because fuck it's gonna happen anyway.
Melissa McCarthy for Snake!!! Because fuck it's gonna happen anyway.
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9:16PM on 01/13/2015
well I suppose that statement by Carpenter says it all. It seems he's pretty upset their remaking it at all! It would be cool to have Curt Russel in a cameo. I hope this doesn't turn out horrible!
well I suppose that statement by Carpenter says it all. It seems he's pretty upset their remaking it at all! It would be cool to have Curt Russel in a cameo. I hope this doesn't turn out horrible!
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9:08PM on 01/13/2015
"I just want to get the check, thatís all I give a shit about" - Gee, thanks, Mr. Carpenter. Obviously you don't care when they made that crap called The Fog remake.
"I just want to get the check, thatís all I give a shit about" - Gee, thanks, Mr. Carpenter. Obviously you don't care when they made that crap called The Fog remake.
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9:47PM on 01/13/2015
He got his check for that one too.
He got his check for that one too.
9:07PM on 01/13/2015
They should clearly get Nathan Fillion or Idris Elba to star in this.
They should clearly get Nathan Fillion or Idris Elba to star in this.
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9:04PM on 01/13/2015
I do like the idea of Dan Stevens.
I do like the idea of Dan Stevens.
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8:59PM on 01/13/2015
To answer your questions, No one, and No one..
To answer your questions, No one, and No one..
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